It is believed that Psychiatric disorders could be a hindrance to timely medical care among vulnerable populations.
Earlier studies had shown that women victims of psychiatric disorders were less likely to receive cancer screening and may also experience delays in diagnostic resolution following an abnormal mammogram and/or pap test.
A new investigation looked into whether pre-existing depression may actually make a difference to the time taken to diagnostically resolve an abnormal mammogram and/or Pap test.
Researchers from Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) found that depression and anxiety in a vulnerable population of urban women was not connected to delays in diagnostic resolution.
"Although we found delays in diagnostic resolution after abnormal cancer screening, women with a depression diagnosis did not have increased delays compared to those who were not depressed," said lead author Andrea Kronman.