An exploratory study of the association between housing price trends and antidepressant use in taiwan: A 10-year population-based study

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Abstract

This study examined the relationship between various economic indexes and incidences of antidepressant prescriptions during 2001–2011 using the National Health Insurance Research Database (NHIRD). As of 2007, approximately 98.4% of Taiwanese people were enrolled in the NHIRD. In total, 531,281 records identified as antidepressant prescriptions were collected. Furthermore, 2556 quarterly observations from the Taiwan Housing Index (THI) and Executive Yuan were retrieved. We examined the association between the housing index and antidepressant prescription incidence. During the 10-year follow-up period, a higher incidence of antidepressant prescriptions was associated with the local maximum housing index. The relative risk of being prescribed antidepressant increased by 13.3% (95% confidence interval (CI): 1.01~1.27) when the THI reached a peak. For the low-income subgroup, the relative risk of being prescribed antidepressants increased by 28% during the high season of the THI. We also stratified the study sample on the basis of their sex, age, and urbanization levels. Both sexes followed similar patterns. During 2001–2011, although rising economic indexes may have increased incomes and stimulated the housing market, the compromise of public mental health could be a cost people have to pay additional attention to.

Original languageEnglish
Article number4839
JournalInternational journal of environmental research and public health
Volume18
Issue number9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 1 2021

Keywords

  • Antidepressant
  • Economic movement
  • Housing prices
  • Mental disorder

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pollution
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis

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