General practice encounters for psychological problems in rural, remote and metropolitan areas in Australia

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dc.contributor.author Caldwell, Tanya en_US
dc.contributor.author Jorm, A en_US
dc.contributor.author Knox, Stephanie en_US
dc.contributor.author Braddock, D en_US
dc.contributor.author Dear, K en_US
dc.contributor.author Britt, Helena en_US
dc.contributor.editor en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2010-05-28T09:50:46Z
dc.date.available 2010-05-28T09:50:46Z
dc.date.issued 2004 en_US
dc.identifier 2007003599 en_US
dc.identifier.citation Caldwell Tanya et al. 2004, 'General practice encounters for psychological problems in rural, remote and metropolitan areas in Australia', Blackwell Publishing Ltd, vol. 38, no. 10, pp. 774-780. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 0004-8674 en_US
dc.identifier.other C1UNSUBMIT en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10453/9613
dc.description.abstract Previous Australian research suggests there is very little difference in the prevalence of mental health disorders across rural, remote and metropolitan areas. However, mental health specialists are particularly scarce in rural and remote areas and some researchers have argued that non-metropolitan residents rely heavily on general practitioners (GPs) for mental health care. This article investigated rates of GP services for psychological problems across rural, remote and metropolitan areas.The Bettering the Evaluation and Care of Health (BEACH) program, Medicare and Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme data were used in this report. Data included all psychological, depression and anxiety problems reported as managed by GPs and prescriptions for mental health medications (written and filled). Problem and medication rates are given per 100 patient encounters and per 1000 population.Only a few regional differences were evident in the rate of psychological problems and prescriptions for mental health medications per 100 GP-patient encounters. However, rural and remote residents visited GPs less frequently than their metropolitan counterparts. Lower rates of GP encounters for psychological problems were evident for residents of most non-metropolitan areas (per 1000 population). Additionally, GPs prescribed mental health medications at half the rate for residents of remote areas than capital cities.General practitioners provide fewer mental health services per capita in non-metropolitan areas. This difference could represent completely untreated psychological problems or fewer follow-up consultations. While non-metropolitan residents have limited access to specialists, rates of GP encounters for psychological problems are also very low. en_US
dc.language en_US
dc.publisher Blackwell Publishing Ltd en_US
dc.relation.isbasedon http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/j.1440-1614.2004.01461.x en_US
dc.title General practice encounters for psychological problems in rural, remote and metropolitan areas in Australia en_US
dc.parent Australian And New Zealand Journal Of Psychiatry en_US
dc.journal.volume 38 en_US
dc.journal.number 10 en_US
dc.publocation Oxford, UK en_US
dc.identifier.startpage 774 en_US
dc.identifier.endpage 780 en_US
dc.cauo.name BUS.Centre for Health Economics Research and Evaluation en_US
dc.conference Verified OK en_US
dc.for 110300 en_US
dc.personcode 0000045707 en_US
dc.personcode 0000045708 en_US
dc.personcode 998486 en_US
dc.personcode 0000045709 en_US
dc.personcode 0000045710 en_US
dc.personcode 0000042982 en_US
dc.percentage 100 en_US
dc.classification.name Clinical Sciences en_US
dc.classification.type FOR-08 en_US
dc.edition en_US
dc.custom en_US
dc.date.activity en_US
dc.location.activity en_US
dc.description.keywords depression, general practice, mental health services, mental health, rural. en_US


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