Journal article

Frequency and quality of mental health treatment for affective and anxiety disorders among Australian adults

Meredith G Harris, Megan J Hobbs, Philip M Burgess, Jane E Pirkis, Sandra Diminic, Dan J Siskind, Gavin Andrews, Harvey A Whiteford

MEDICAL JOURNAL OF AUSTRALIA | WILEY | Published : 2015

Abstract

OBJECTIVES: To describe the frequency, type and quality of mental health treatment among Australian adults with past-year affective and/or anxiety disorders. DESIGN, SETTING AND PARTICIPANTS: Retrospective analysis of data for 8831 adults aged 16-85 years interviewed for the 2007 National Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing, of whom 17% (n = 1517) met International Classification of Diseases, 10th revision (ICD-10) criteria for a past-year affective and/or anxiety disorder. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Three levels of mental health treatment received in the past year: (1) any consultation with a health professional for mental health; (2) any evidence-based intervention (antidepressant medication..

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