Journal article

Rural psychiatry - Special issues and models of service delivery

F Judd, C Fraser, M Grigg, J Scopelliti, G Hodgins, A Donoghue, J Humphreys

DISEASE MANAGEMENT & HEALTH OUTCOMES | ADIS INTERNATIONAL LTD | Published : 2002

Abstract

The commonly occurring psychiatric disorders, anxiety and depression, have a combined community prevalence rate of 15-30% and are associated with significant clinical and economic cost. Although a number of effective pharmacological and psychological treatments are available for the management of these disorders, many people do not have access to, or do not receive, these treatments. An important factor associated with the lower rates of use of specialist services is rural, particularly remote, residence. This review discusses the problems of delivery of services to rural areas in countries with formal mental health services, and where the availability of psychiatrists and specialist mental ..

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