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ERIC Number: ED433642
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Pages: 5
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Economic Implications of Undetected Mental Health Issues in the Pediatric Population.
Bernal, Pilar; Estroff, Debra Bendell; Murphy, Michael; Jellinek, Michael S.; Keller, Anthony
This study examined children's health care utilization at six sites within a Northern California health maintenance organization (HMO). Approximately 300 parent-child dyads seeking medical attention at the HMO sites were subjects. Parents completed the Pediatric Symptom Checklist (PSC) and reported the presence of a serious or chronic illness. In addition, psychiatric/medical utilization and costs for the previous year were retrieved from a regional database. According to PSC scores, 13 percent of children were experiencing psychosocial dysfunction and there was a consistent linear relationship between child PSC positive status and health care utilization. Health care utilization was highest for children with psychosocial morbidity (or chronic illness) and higher among younger children, decreasing with age as psychiatric costs progressively increased. Results suggest that the costs of timely and appropriate mental health care for young children may be offset by decreased general health care costs. (DB)
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Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: California