Psychiatric comorbidity and impact on health service utilization in a community sample of patients with epilepsy

  title={Psychiatric comorbidity and impact on health service utilization in a community sample of patients with epilepsy},
  author={Cameron J. Lacey and Michael R. Salzberg and Helene Roberts and Thomas Trauer and Wendyl J. D’Souza},
We aimed to determine the level of psychological distress in community‐treated patients with epilepsy and to determine if this distress is associated with increased health service use. The Australian National prescription database was used to recruit patients with epilepsy onto the Tasmanian Epilepsy Register (TER). Psychological distress was measured using the K10 in the TER patients and compared to the Tasmanian population using the National Health Survey 2004–5. Of the 1,180 on the TER, 43… 

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