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Type: Journal article
Title: Frequency and course of psychological distress in patients attending an integrated primary care service
Author: Winefield, H.
Turnbull, D.
Taplin, J.
Citation: Clinical Psychologist, 2005; 9(1):2-9
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd.
Issue Date: 2005
ISSN: 1328-4207
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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.
RMID: 0020071771
DOI: 10.1080/1328420042000263021
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