SWHR Comments to Innovation and Value Initiative on Major Depressive Disorder Value Model Scope


Published 5/11/21

SWHR President & CEO Kathryn G. Schubert submitted comments to the Innovation and Value Initiative (IVI) in response to their Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) Value Model Scope.

Major depressive disorder is nearly twice as likely in women than men, with lifetime prevalence rates of 21% and 12%, respectively. While it is unclear exactly why the gender gap in MDD exists, hormonal changes, inherited traits, and stressful personal life circumstances and experiences are all associated with a higher risk of depression in women. SWHR asked members of IVI to consider the influence of sex and gender throughout their MDD value model as well as the needs and input of caregivers when evaluating patient needs and experience.

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