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ERIC Number: EJ814728
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Apr
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 20
ISSN: ISSN-1328-4207
Frequency and Course of Psychological Distress in Patients Attending an Integrated Primary Care Service
Winefield, Helen R.; Turnbull, Deborah A.; Taplin, John E.
Clinical Psychologist, v9 n1 p2-9 Apr 2005
The extent and course of psychological distress were examined in a representative sample of patients attending a primary health care practice in metropolitan Adelaide where general practitioner (GP) and clinical psychologist services are co-located. Scores for psychological distress were similar to national norms. Approximately one in six patients expressed a wish to discuss their feelings with a GP and/or psychologist, but the association between distress scores and wish to discuss feelings was only moderate. At follow-up 5 months later, average distress scores had fallen. Half of those who had expressed a wish for discussion had done so, and they had significantly lower scores for anxiety and stress. The results provide a context within which subsequent national mental health initiatives can be interpreted. (Contains 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia