Rural-Urban Differences in Depression Prevalence: Implications for Family Medicine

Family Medicine

Reports results of a study that examined the prevalence of depression in rural versus urban areas. An estimated 2.6 million rural adults suffer from depression. The unadjusted prevalence of depression was significantly higher among rural than urban populations (6.1% versus 5.2% ). After adjusting for rural/urban population characteristics, however, the odds of depression did not differ by residence. Depression risk was higher among persons likely to be encountered in a primary care setting: those with fair or poor self-reported health, hypertension, with limitations in daily activities, or whose health status changed during the previous year.

Rural and Minority Health Research Center
Janice Probst, Sarah Laditka, Charity Moore, Nusrat Harun, M. Paige Powell, Elizabeth Baxley