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Gen Hosp Psychiatry. 1995 Jan;17(1):19-25.

Psychiatric morbidity among frequent attender patients in primary care.

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  • 1Department of Psychiatry, University of Turku, Finland.


In this study, 96 frequent attender patients in primary care were compared with 466 other primary care patients. The focus was on psychiatric morbidity, current and former psychiatric treatment, and self-perceived need for treatment. The prevalence of psychiatric illness was much greater among frequent attender patients than other patients (54.0% vs. 24.0%, p < 0.001), and subclinical symptoms were common in both groups (34.0% vs. 43.2%). Depression and anxiety were the most common clinical entities among frequent attender patients. However, very few patients had psychiatric treatment and the self-perceived need for treatment was low. The significance of these findings is discussed in the paper.

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