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Psychiatric morbidity in primary health care in Santiago, Chile. Preliminary findings.

Araya, R; Wynn, R; Leonard, R; Lewis, G; (1994) Psychiatric morbidity in primary health care in Santiago, Chile. Preliminary findings. Br J Psychiatry , 165 (4) pp. 530-533.

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Abstract

BACKGROUND: The aims were to determine the prevalence of psychiatric morbidity among primary care attenders in a poor suburb of Santiago and to study the relationship with health service use. METHOD: A cross-sectional survey was made of 163 consecutive attenders to a primary care clinic. RESULTS: Eleven per cent of the sample gave a psychological reason for consultation and the prevalence of psychiatric morbidity was 53%, defined using the revised Clinical Interview Schedule. Women and those of lower socio-economic status were at higher risk. Physicians recognised 14% of the psychiatric morbidity. Attenders with psychiatric morbidity consulted more frequently. CONCLUSIONS: There is a need to improve the recognition and management of psychiatric morbidity in primary care in Chile and other less developed countries. This could lead to the more efficient use of scarce health care resources in primary care.

Type: Article
Title: Psychiatric morbidity in primary health care in Santiago, Chile. Preliminary findings.
Location: England
Keywords: Adult, Chile, Cross-Sectional Studies, Female, Humans, Male, Mental Disorders, Prevalence, Primary Health Care, Psychiatric Status Rating Scales, Social Class
UCL classification: UCL > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Division of Psychiatry
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1486481
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