Journal article

Perceived need for mental health care, findings from the Australian National Survey of Mental Health and Well-being

G Meadows, P Burgess, E Fossey, C Harvey

Psychological Medicine | CAMBRIDGE UNIV PRESS | Published : 2000

Abstract

BACKGROUND: The Australian National Survey of Mental Health and Well-being was designed to detect and describe psychiatric morbidity, associated disability, service use and perceived need for care. The survey employed a single-phase interview methodology, delivering a field questionnaire to a clustered probability sample of 10,641 Australians. Perceived need was sampled with an instrument designed for this survey, the Perceived Need for Care Questionnaire (PNCQ). This questionnaire gathers information about five categories of perceived need, assigning each to one of four levels of perceived need. Reliability and validity studies showed satisfactory performance of the instrument. METHODS: Per..

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