The evaluation of a model of primary mental health care in rural Tasmania

Campbell, Alistair (2005) The evaluation of a model of primary mental health care in rural Tasmania. Australian Journal of Rural Health, 13 (3). pp. 142-148.

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Objective: The aim of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of a primary care mental health service.

Design: The study used a naturalistic longitudinal design to follow groups of participants who received intervention from a rural mental health worker, or 'usual' mental health service, or no treatment, over a period of 12 months.

Setting: The service was evaluated in a rural primary care setting.

Participants: One hundred and forty-five primary care patients.

Outcome measures: Changes in symptomatology were assessed using the SCL-90R summary scales, and changes in quality of life were assessed using the EuroQOL.

Results: Those participants treated by the primary mental health worker showed significant improvements in symptoms and quality of life compared to both the usual and no-treatment groups.

Conclusion: There are few studies evaluating mental health services in rural settings. This study demonstrated that a particular model of primary mental health care was more effective than usual mental health care and no treatment at resolving symptoms and improving quality of life.

Item ID: 5948
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1440-1584
Keywords: mental health services; primary care; mental health; evaluation
Date Deposited: 14 Jan 2010 01:31
FoR Codes: 17 PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES > 1701 Psychology > 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology @ 100%
SEO Codes: 97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences @ 50%
92 HEALTH > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920408 Health Status (e.g. Indicators of Well-Being) @ 50%
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