Relationship between utilization of mental health and medical services in a VA hospital.

Abstract

Previous research has demonstrated a reduction in utilization of medical services following the initiation of psychiatric services for certain patients. The phenomenon has been called the offset effect. The authors investigated the offset effect in a Veterans Administration medical center setting. They found that the offset effect emerged only for patients who had high rates of use of medical services who received mental health services for 1 year or less. They discuss factors related to higher rates of medical care utilization as well as important differences between the present and previous research that require further study.

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@article{Massad1990RelationshipBU, title={Relationship between utilization of mental health and medical services in a VA hospital.}, author={Phil Massad and Alan N. West and Matthew J. Friedman}, journal={The American journal of psychiatry}, year={1990}, volume={147 4}, pages={465-9} }