As the most common chronic illness experienced by children in the United States, asthma is related to an array of health care expenditures.
In the current article, maternal depression treatment was examined in relation to asthma health care utilization for children using a pre-post design and instrumental variables approach. Medicaid claims data from Florida comprised the study data. Study participants were mother-child pairs of asthmatic children and mothers with and without a depression diagnosis.
Health care efficiency could increase if pediatricians were trained to diagnose maternal depression in caregivers given the relationship between maternal depression treatment and reduction in asthma spending.