Possible effect of gender and season on the length of hospitalisation in unipolar major depressives

István Kecskés, Zoltán Rihmer, Kitty Kiss, András Vargha, Ilona Szili, Annamária Rihmer

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Background: Seasonal variation as well as gender differences of several phenomena of affective disorders are a common topic of interest. Methods: The authors analysed the possible effect of season and gender on the length of hospital stay in 529 in-patients with unipolar major depressive episode. Results: Age and menopausal status alone did not influence the length of hospitalisation but there was a statistical tendency (only for females) for the shortest hospital stay in summer, that reached significance in females younger than 50 years. Conclusions: The results suggest a possible seasonal and gender effect on recovery from major depression. Limitations: Retrospective nature of the study, lack of systematic assessment of clinical response and no data collection about marital status and living conditions, that also can influence the time of discharge.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)279-282
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of affective disorders
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Feb 1 2003


  • Gender differences
  • Hospitalisation
  • Seasonal variation
  • Unipolar major depression

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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