The 12-month prevalence of depression and health care utilization in the general population of Latvia

Jelena Vrublevska, Marcis Trapencieris, Sigita Snikere, Daiga Grinberga, Biruta Velika, Iveta Pudule, Elmars Rancans

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Background This cross-sectional study aims to assess the 12-month prevalence of major and minor depression in the Latvian population, and to evaluate associated health care utilization. Methods Trained interviewers conducted face-to-face interviews with a multistage stratified probability sample of the Latvian general population, ages 15–64 (n=3003). Participants were interviewed using the depression module of the Mini International Neuropsychiatric Interview. Self-reported health care utilization and somatic illness were also assessed. Multinomial logistic regressions were applied. Results The 12-month prevalence of major depression was 7.9% (95%CI 7.0–8.9), while for minor depression it was 7.7% (95%CI 6.8–8.7). We did not find a substantial difference in the relative risk ratio (RRR 1.7 for female) for having major depression by gender. RRR of having major depression was higher for those who had used healthcare services six or more times (RRR 2.0), those who had three or more somatic disorders during the past 12 months (RRR 2.3), those who perceived their health status as being below average (RRR 8.3), and those who were occasional smokers (RRR 3.0). RRR of having minor depression was increased for those who had at least three somatic disorders (RRR 2.3), those who received disability pension (RRR 1.9), and those who perceived their health status to be below average (RRR 3.0). Limitations The study was cross-sectional. Other psychiatric comorbidity was not assessed. Conclusions This is the first population based study reporting the 12-month prevalence of depression in Latvia. Certain factors associated with depression have been found.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)204-210
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Affective Disorders
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2017


  • Depression
  • Epidemiology
  • General population
  • Prevalence

Field of Science*

  • 5.1 Psychology
  • 3.2 Clinical medicine

Publication Type*

  • 1.1. Scientific article indexed in Web of Science and/or Scopus database


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