Schizophrenia and major affective disorder among Medicaid recipients with HIV/AIDS in New Jersey

James Walkup, Stephen Crystal, Usha Sambamoorthi

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Abstract

Objectives. This study sought to identify and characterize seriously mentally ill patients with HIV infection. Methods. Medicaid beneficiaries with HIV/AIDS were identified through the merging of New Jersey HIV/AIDS Registry and Medicaid eligibility files. Claims histories were used to classify individuals as having schizophrenia, major affective disorder, or no serious mental illness. Results. Of 8294 individuals, 476 (5.7%) were classified as having schizophrenia, and 564 (6.8%) were classified as having major affective disorder. Those with serious mental illness were more likely than other groups to be injection drug users and to have claims indicative of substance abuse. Conclusions. Individuals with serious mental illness are a significant but little-recognized subgroup of those with HIV infection.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1101-1103
Number of pages3
JournalAmerican journal of public health
Volume89
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1999

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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