Health anxiety in Australia: prevalence, comorbidity, disability and service use

@article{Sunderland2013HealthAI,
  title={Health anxiety in Australia: prevalence, comorbidity, disability and service use},
  author={Matthew Sunderland and Jill Maree Newby and Gavin Andrews},
  journal={British Journal of Psychiatry},
  year={2013},
  volume={202},
  pages={56 - 61}
}
BACKGROUND Health anxiety is associated with high distress, disability and increased health service utilisation. [] Key MethodMETHOD Lifetime and current prevalence estimates, associations between comorbid disorders, psychological distress, impairment, disability and mental health service utilisation were generated using the Australian 2007 National Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing.

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