Association between depression and contact precautions in veterans at hospital admission

Am J Infect Control. 2011 Mar;39(2):163-5. doi: 10.1016/j.ajic.2010.06.024.


Contact Precautions (CP) have been associated with depression and anxiety. We enrolled 103 patients on admission to a VA hospital and administered the Hospital Depression and Anxiety Scale (HADS). The mean unadjusted HADS score was 10% higher in patients on CP (14.3 vs 13.0; P = .47), and the association was stronger after adjusting for other variables (mean difference, 2.2; P = .21). Although underpowered, in the largest study to date, patients on CP tended toward more depression and anxiety.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Anxiety / epidemiology
  • Anxiety / etiology
  • Depression / epidemiology
  • Depression / etiology*
  • Female
  • Hospitalization
  • Hospitals, Veterans*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Patient Admission
  • Patient Isolation / psychology*
  • Veterans / psychology*