- Children with chronic physical conditions (CPCs) are 51% more likely to develop a chronic mental health condition (MHC) than other children, including anxiety, mood, and behavior disorders.
- Among children with CPCs, those who reported physical activity limitations were more than 3 times as likely to develop an MHC.
Why this matters
- Clinicians who treat children with CPCs should include early assessment and treatment of MHCs as part of their care plan.
- Retrospective cohort study of 48,572 individuals (aged 6-25 years) from the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) during 2003-2014.
- Funding: Leadership Education in Adolescent Health; others.
- 14.7% of participants had CPCs.
- Participants with CPCs vs those without had a 51% greater adjusted risk for MHCs (aHR, 1.51; P<.001 style="list-style-type:circle;">
- Anxiety: aHR, 1.51; P<.001.>
- Mood: aHR, 1.70; P<.001.>
- Behavior disorders: aHR, 1.54; P<.01.>
- Self-reported data.
Coauthored with Antara Ghosh, PhD