S-Space College of Medicine/School of Medicine (의과대학/대학원) Psychiatry (정신과학전공) Journal Papers (저널논문_정신과학전공)
Mental health service use in a nationwide sample of Korean adults
- Cho, Seong Jin; Lee, Jun Young; Hong, Jin Pyo; Lee, Hochang B.; Hahm, Bong Jin; Cho, Maeng Je
- Issue Date
- DR DIETRICH STEINKOPFF VERLAG
- SOCIAL PSYCHIATRY AND PSYCHIATRIC EPIDEMIOLOGY; Vol.44 11; 943-951
- Introduction An understanding of the factors leading to the use of mental health services is important in improving access to mental health-care. The purpose of this study was to assess the use of mental health services, determinants of use and barriers to use. Methods Data were derived from a representative sample of the general population, aged 18-64 years. The Korean version of the Composite International Diagnostic Interview was used for the purpose of psychiatric assessment. Respondents were also asked about their use of mental health services, and about any experience of barriers to services. The response rate was 80.2%, and a total of 6,275 persons participated in the study. Results Of the respondents who completed the interview (n = 6,275), 1.9% reported the use of mental health services during the past 12 months. Of the respondents who met the criteria for the 1-year diagnosis of a psychiatric disorder (n = 916), 6.1% received mental health-care. Age, unemployment, and medical assistance (public assistance) were correlated positively with frequency of mental health-care. Of those who suffered from a psychiatric disorder but did not seek consultation (n = 836), 23.4% said that they desired to handle the problem on their own, and 23% asserted that they had no psychiatric disorder. Conclusions The high rate of non-consultation among those with psychiatric disorders constitutes an important public health problem. Public health efforts to narrow the gap in service delivery are crucial. Also, additional efforts are warranted to address barriers to mental health care to develop an efficient mental health-care system.
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