Title: Population level of unmet need for mental healthcare in Europe
Authors: Alonso, Jordi ×
Codony, Miquel
Kovess, Viviane
Angermeyer, Matthias C
Katz, Steven J
Haro, Josep M
De Girolamo, Giovanni
De Graaf, Ron
Demyttenaere, Koen
Vilagut, Gemma
Almansa, Josué
Lépine, Jean Pierre
Brugha, Traolach S #
Issue Date: Apr-2007
Series Title: The British journal of psychiatry : the journal of mental science vol:190 pages:299-306
Abstract: BACKGROUND: The high prevalence of mental disorders has fuelled controversy about the need for mental health services. AIMS: To estimate unmet need for mental healthcare at the population level in Europe. METHOD: As part of the European Study of Epidemiology of Mental Disorders (ESEMeD) project, a cross-sectional survey was conducted of representative samples of the adult general population of Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, The Netherlands and Spain (n=8796). Mental disorders were assessed with the Composite International Diagnostic Interview 3.0. Individuals with a 12-month mental disorder that was disabling or that had led to use of services in the previous 12 months were considered in need of care. RESULTS: About six per cent of the sample was defined as being in need of mental healthcare. Nearly half (48%) of these participants reported no formal healthcare use. In contrast, only 8% of the people with diabetes had reported no use of services for their physical condition. In total, 3.1% of the adult population had an unmet need for mental healthcare. About 13% of visits to formal health services were made by individuals without any mental morbidity. CONCLUSIONS: There is a high unmet need for mental care in Europe, which may not be eliminated simply by reallocating existing healthcare resources.
ISSN: 0007-1250
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
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