Journal article

Frequent attenders in primary care: Impact of medical, psychiatric and psychosomatic diagnoses

S Ferrari, GM Galeazzi, A Mackinnon, M Rigatelli

PSYCHOTHERAPY AND PSYCHOSOMATICS | KARGER | Published : 2008

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Anxiety, mild depression and somatization are common in primary care (PC). Several studies have suggested that they may play a role in causing an excessive use of health care services, especially when combined with medical morbidity. The present case-control study explored how psychiatric and psychosomatic diagnoses and perceived quality of life are associated with the phenomenon of frequent attendance. METHOD: Fifty most frequent attenders (FAs) in a 1-year period at a PC clinic in Italy were compared with 50 randomly selected average frequency attenders at the same clinic. Sociodemographic and medical data were collected from PC files. The SCID-brief version for research and th..

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