Format

Send to:

Choose Destination
See comment in PubMed Commons below
Psychiatr Serv. 2011 Oct;62(10):1225-9. doi: 10.1176/appi.ps.62.10.1225.

Underutilization of mental health services among bereaved caregivers with prolonged grief disorder.

Author information

  • 1Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York City, NY, USA. lichtenw@mskcc.org

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

This study examined grief and mental health service use among 86 bereaved caregivers of advanced cancer patients.

METHODS:

Caregivers were assessed before (median=3.1 months) and after (median=6.6 months) patients' deaths for prolonged grief disorder, axis I psychiatric disorders, mental health service use, suicidality, and health-related quality of life.

RESULTS:

Sixteen percent of the bereaved sample met criteria for prolonged grief disorder, which was significantly associated with suicidality and poorer health-related quality of life, but not with mental health service use. The majority of bereaved caregivers with prolonged grief disorder did not access mental health services. In multivariable analyses, having discussed psychological concerns with a health care professional when the patient was ill was the only significant predictor of mental health service use during bereavement.

CONCLUSIONS:

Because bereaved caregivers with prolonged grief disorder underutilize mental health services, connecting them with services while the patient is still alive may be beneficial.

PMID:
21969652
[PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
PMCID:
PMC3694810
Free PMC Article
PubMed Commons home

PubMed Commons

0 comments
How to join PubMed Commons

    Supplemental Content

    Full text links

    Icon for Atypon Icon for PubMed Central
    Loading ...
    Write to the Help Desk