Psychological distress and professional help-seeking: A prospective national study

Runar Vilhjalmsson, Gudrun Gudmundsdottir

Rannsóknarafurð: Framlag til fræðitímaritsGreinritrýni

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The study focuses on use of different healthcare providers in connection with elevated levels of psychological distress. The study used a prospective design based on two waves of a national health survey. Participants were Icelandic citizens, age 18-75, randomly drawn from the National Register (N=1592). Distressed individuals chose a wide range of providers. The choice of provider was based in part on the type of distress experienced, although most individuals turned to the general medical sector. Psychophysiological symptoms were primarily related to visiting physicians (other than psychiatrists). Depression was related to visiting psychiatrists, and anxiety was related to visiting psychiatrists, psychologists and nurses. Anger/aggression was primarily related to visiting clergy. Between 10% and 16% of distressed individuals did not receive any help from the formal healthcare system within 1year. Studies addressing professional help-seeking for psychological distress should closely consider the various factors facilitating and hampering use of health services for different forms of distress.

Upprunalegt tungumálEnska
Síður (frá-til)273-280
Síðufjöldi8
FræðitímaritScandinavian Journal of Caring Sciences
Bindi28
Númer tölublaðs2
DOI
ÚtgáfustaðaÚtgefið - jún. 2014

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