Journal article

Understanding service demand for mental health among Australians aged 16 to 64 years according to their possible need for treatment

Meredith G Harris, Sandra Diminic, Philip M Burgess, Georgia Carstensen, Gavin Stewart, Jane Pirkis, Harvey A Whiteford

AUSTRALIAN AND NEW ZEALAND JOURNAL OF PSYCHIATRY | SAGE PUBLICATIONS LTD | Published : 2014

Abstract

BACKGROUND: To inform decisions about mental health resource allocation, planners require reliable estimates of people who report service demand (i.e. people who use or want mental health services) according to their level of possible need. METHODS: Using data on 6915 adults aged 16-64 years in Australia's 2007 National Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing, we examined past-year service demand among respondents grouped into four levels of possible need: (a) 12-month mental disorder; (b) lifetime but no 12-month mental disorder; (c) any other indicator of possible need (12-month symptoms or reaction to stressful event, or lifetime hospitalisation); (d) no indicator of possible need. Multivar..

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