Non-utilization of mental health services: A consumers' perspective
In an attempt to better understand why such a high percentage of adults receiving SSI because of a severe mental illness were not using mental health services, 83 of these 102 individuals (83%) were asked during the final interview to explain why they were not currently receiving any treatment for their emotional or psychiatric problems. A qualitative analysis of the responses was conducted in order to identify primary themes. The question generated 90 different statements that were classified in the analysis into five broad themes. The five categories included: 1) client indicating mental health services were not needed, 2) problems with accessing mental health services, 3) perceptions that previous mental health services were not helpful, 4) challenges experienced by respondents who were using the primary care physician as a mental health provider, and 5) a miscellaneous category.
This presentation will include a detailed qualitative analysis of the subthemes and patterns identified in the responses.
Learning Areas:Chronic disease management and prevention
Other professions or practice related to public health
Social and behavioral sciences
Identify the reasons why consumers with serious mental health problems do not use mental health services Explain the perspectives of consumers on access and service utilization
Keyword(s): Access, Adult and Child Mental Health
Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have extensive experience and skills in behavioral health services research and especially6 in qualitative data analysis.
Any relevant financial relationships? No
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