Analysis Group Study on the Economic Burden of Depression Surpasses 1,000 Scholarly Citations

March 04, 2013

Analysis Group's landmark study on the societal costs of clinical depression, led by Managing Principal Paul E. Greenberg, has surpassed 1,000 citations, according to Google Scholar, and is one of the most frequently cited health economics articles to appear in medical literature. In "The Economic Burden of Depression in 1990" (Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, November 1993), the authors determined that the annual costs of depression in the United States in 1990 were $43.7 billion.

The authors updated their research in a follow-up article, "The Economic Burden of Depression in the United States: How Did It Change Between 1990 and 2000?" (Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, December 2003). The article has amassed nearly 800 citations and has been highlighted in The Wall Street Journal. The authors found that although the overall cost of treating depression did not change greatly between 1990 and 2000, many more depression sufferers received treatment as a result of successful outreach. However, the shift to less expensive medical interventions resulted in a lower overall quality of depression treatment.

"The fact that these studies continue to be relevant is a testament to the importance of the topic and the continued research needed to further our understanding of the economics of depression," said Mr. Greenberg.