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Can general practice help address youth mental health? A retrospective cross-sectional study in Dublin's south inner city.

Creator:

D Connolly, D Leahy, Gerard Bury, B Gavin, F McNicholas, D Meagher, FD O'Kelly, P Wiehe, Walter Cullen

Catalogue: Research and Evaluation
Report
Type: Report
Region: Republic of Ireland
Northern Ireland
Description:

AIMS: With general practice potentially having an important role in early intervention of mental and substance use disorders among young people, we aim to explore this issue by determining the prevalence of psychological problems and general practice/health service utilization among young people attending general practice. METHODS: A retrospective cross-sectional study of patients attending three general practices in Dublin city. RESULTS: Among a sample of young people (mostly women, 44% general medical services (GMS) eligible), we observed considerable contact with general practice, both lifetime and for the 2â?fyears of the study. The mean consultation rate was 3.9 consultations in 2â?fyears and psychosocial issues (most commonly stress/anxiety and depression) were documented in 35% of cases. Identification of psychosocial issues was associated with GMS eligibility, three or more doctor consultations, and documentation of smoking and drinking status. CONCLUSIONS: Psychosocial issues are common among young people attending general practice and more work on their epidemiology and further identification in general practice are advocated.

Date:

01/01/2012

Rights: Public
Suggested citation:

D Connolly, D Leahy, Gerard Bury, B Gavin, F McNicholas, D Meagher, FD O'Kelly, P Wiehe, Walter Cullen. (2012) Can general practice help address youth mental health? A retrospective cross-sectional study in Dublin's south inner city. [Online]. Available from: http://publichealthwell.ie/node/518386 [Accessed: 20th June 2019].

  

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