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The prevalence and treatment of mental health conditions documented in general practice in Ireland

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Show simple item record O'Doherty, Jane Hannigan, Ailish Hickey, Louise Meagher, David Cullen, Walter O'Connor, Ray O'Regan, Andrew 2019-10-29T17:38:05Z 2018
dc.identifier.citation O'Doherty, J., Hannigan, A., Hickey, L., Meagher, D., Cullen, W., O'Connor, R., O'Regan, A. (2018) 'The prevalence and treatment of mental health conditions documented in general practice in Ireland'. Irish Journal Of Psychological Medicine, . en_US
dc.description peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract Objectives. As prevalence of mental health disorders increases worldwide, recognition and treatment of these disorders falls increasingly into the remit of primary care. This study investigated the prevalence and management of adults presenting to their general practitioner (GP) in Ireland with a psychological condition. Methods. A random number function was used to select 100 patients with a consultation in the previous 2 years from 40 general practices around Ireland. The clinical records of these patients were examined using a standardised reporting tool to extract information on demographics, eligibility for free care, prevalence and treatment of psychological conditions. Results. From a sample of 3845 ‘active’ patients, 620 (16%, 95% confidence interval 15–17%) had a documented psychological condition in the previous 2 years. The most common diagnoses were depression (54%) followed by stress and anxiety (47%). The following patient characteristics were associated with having a documented mental health condition: female gender; higher GP consultation rate; a referral or attendance at secondary care and eligibility for free GP care. Of those with a psychological condition, 34% received a psychological intervention and 81% received a pharmacological intervention. Conclusions. The overall prevalence estimate of mental health disorders for this sample was lower than previously documented in primary care. Patients diagnosed with mental health disorders had higher utilisation of health services and pharmacological treatment was common. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Cambridge University Press en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Irish Journal of Psychological Medicine;pp. 1-8
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dc.subject general practice en_US
dc.subject mental health en_US
dc.subject morbidity en_US
dc.subject psychological conditions en_US
dc.subject referral pathways en_US
dc.title The prevalence and treatment of mental health conditions documented in general practice in Ireland en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article en_US
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_published_reviewed en_US 2019-10-29T16:23:34Z
dc.description.version PUBLISHED
dc.identifier.doi 10.1017/ipm.2018.48 2019-11-29
dc.embargo.terms 2019-11-29 en_US
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess en_US
dc.internal.rssid 2930012
dc.internal.copyrightchecked Yes
dc.identifier.journaltitle Irish Journal Of Psychological Medicine
dc.description.status peer-reviewed

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