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|Title:||Frequency and course of psychological distress in patients attending an integrated primary care service|
|Citation:||Clinical Psychologist, 2005; 9(1):2-9|
|Publisher:||Taylor & Francis Ltd.|
|Helen R. Winefield, Deborah A. Turnbull, & John E. Taplin|
|Abstract:||The extent and course of psychological distress were examined in a representative sample of patients attending a primary health care practice in metropolitan Adelaide where general practitioner (GP) and clinical psychologist services are co-located. Scores for psychological distress were similar to national norms. Approximately one in six patients expressed a wish to discuss their feelings with a GP and/or psychologist, but the association between distress scores and wish to discuss feelings was only moderate. At follow-up 5 months later, average distress scores had fallen. Half of those who had expressed a wish for discussion had done so, and they had significantly lower scores for anxiety and stress. The results provide a context within which subsequent national mental health initiatives can be interpreted.|
|Description:||Copyright © 2005 The Australian Psychological Society Ltd. Published by Taylor & Francis Group Ltd.|
|Appears in Collections:||Psychology publications|
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