Title: [Patterns of service use for mental health disorders in Belgium. Results of the European Study on Epidemiology of Mental Disorders (ESEMeD)]
Authors: Bruffaerts, Ronny ×
Bonnewyn, A
Van Oyen, H
Demarest, St
Demyttenaere, Koen #
Issue Date: Mar-2004
Series Title: Revue médicale de Liège vol:59 issue:3 pages:136-44
Abstract: OBJECTIVE: To describe patterns of service use for emotional reasons or mental health in adult, non-institutionalised Belgians. METHOD: A representative random sample of non-institutionalised inhabitants from Belgium aged 18 or older (N = 2419) were interviewed between April 2001 and June 2002. The interview was performed by lay interviewers using the most recent version of the Composite International Diagnostic Interview (CIDI-2000). Apart from assessing mental disorders, the participants were asked to report their formal health services utilization due to their emotions or mental health in the past 12 months. RESULTS: About 11% reported the presence of a mental disorder in the past 12 months, of which one in three consulted a formal health service. Persons with a mood disorder were most likely to seek help (43%), followed by those with anxiety (38%) or an alcohol disorder (17%). General practitioners were consulted most often, sometimes combined with a psychiatrist. Among those who sought help, the majority received pharmacological treatment (sometimes combined with psychological treatment), and up to 25% did not receive any treatment. CONCLUSION: The utilization of formal health services for emotional raisons or mental health is very limited in Belgium. Moreover, a considerable proportion of those who sought help, did not get an appropriate treatment.
ISSN: 0370-629X
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Research Group Psychiatry
× corresponding author
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