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The relationship between depressive symptoms and health service utilization for elderly people in Taiwan


  • Tian, Wei-Hua
  • Liu, Tsai-Ching
  • Chen, Chin-Shyan
  • Liu, Li-Fan
  • Tien, Joseph J.


This study analyzes the relationship between depressive symptoms and the utilization of medical services for elderly people in Taiwan.

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  • Tian, Wei-Hua & Liu, Tsai-Ching & Chen, Chin-Shyan & Liu, Li-Fan & Tien, Joseph J., 2012. "The relationship between depressive symptoms and health service utilization for elderly people in Taiwan," Health Policy, Elsevier, vol. 108(2), pages 256-267.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:hepoli:v:108:y:2012:i:2:p:256-267
    DOI: 10.1016/j.healthpol.2012.10.005

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