Psychiatric symptoms and medical utilization in primary care patients.

@article{Carbone2000PsychiatricSA,
  title={Psychiatric symptoms and medical utilization in primary care patients.},
  author={L. Ashley Carbone and Arthur Joseph. Barsky and E. John Orav and Alison L. Fife and Gregory L Fricchione and Sarah L Minden and Jonathan Frederick Borus},
  journal={Psychosomatics},
  year={2000},
  volume={41 6},
  pages={
          512-8
        }
}
In two studies, the authors evaluated the impact of psychiatric disorders on medical care utilization in a primary care setting. In the first study, 526 consecutive patients in a teaching hospital primary care practice completed the 18-item RAND Mental Health Inventory to identify clinically significant depression and/or anxiety and a questionnaire about the use of psychiatric treatment and psychoactive medications. The medical utilization of those patients defined as depressed and/ or anxious… CONTINUE READING
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