Journal article

Children with mental versus physical health problems: differences in perceived disease severity, health care service utilization and parental health literacy

Michelle Dey, Jen Wang, Anthony Francis Jorm, Meichun Mohler-Kuo

Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology | SPRINGER HEIDELBERG | Published : 2015

Abstract

PURPOSE: To compare children with mental and physical health problems regarding (1) perceived disease severity; (2) the impact of their condition on their families; (3) their utilization of health care services (including satisfaction with care); and (4) parents' health literacy about their child's condition and its treatment. Furthermore, we examined whether parents' health literacy differs between types of mental health condition. METHODS: Parental reports about their 9- to 14-year-old children with mental (n = 785) or physical health problems (n = 475) were analyzed from the population-based National Survey of Children with Special Health Care Needs in Switzerland. RESULTS: Mental health ..

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