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A Preliminary Analysis of Medical Expenditures Among Active and Sedentary US Adults With Mental Disorders

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Objective: To determine whether leisure-time physical activity is associated with lower direct annual medical expenditures among a sample of adults with mental disorders. Methods: Using the 1995 National Health Interview Survey and 1996 Medical Expenditure Panel Survey, differences between medical expenditures for sedentary and active persons were analyzed using ttests. Results: The per capita annual direct medical expenditure was $2785 higher for sedentary than for active persons (P<0.05). The total expenditure associated with sedentary behavior was $31.7 billion ($19.1 billion in men; $12.6 billion in women). Conclusions: Physical activity is associated with a reduced economic burden among people with mental disorders.
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Keywords: exercise; inactivity; medical costs; mental health; mental illness

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Division of Nutrition and Physical Activity, Physical Activity and Health Branch, Atlanta, GA 2: US Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for HIV, STD, and TB Prevention, Atlanta, GA

Publication date: 2005-05-01

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