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Utilization of professional mental health services according to recognition rate of mental health centers

Authors
 Hyo Jung Lee  ;  Young Jun Ju  ;  Eun-Cheol Park 
Citation
 PSYCHIATRY RESEARCH-NEUROIMAGING, Vol.250 : 204-209, 2017 
Journal Title
 PSYCHIATRY RESEARCH-NEUROIMAGING 
ISSN
 0925-4927 
Issue Date
2017
MeSH
Adult ; Aged ; Cross-Sectional Studies ; Female ; Health Policy ; Health Surveys*/methods ; Hospitals, Psychiatric/utilization ; Humans ; Male ; Mental Disorders/epidemiology ; Mental Disorders/psychology ; Mental Disorders/therapy* ; Mental Health* ; Mental Health Services/utilization* ; Middle Aged ; Recognition (Psychology)* ; Residence Characteristics ; Young Adult
Keywords
Mental health center ; Professional mental health services ; Recognition rate ; South Korea
Abstract
BACKGROUND: Despite the positive effect of community-based mental health centers, the utilization of professional mental health services appears to be low. Therefore, we analyzed the relationship between regional recognition of mental health centers and utilization of professional mental health services. METHODS: We used data from the Community Health Survey (2014) and e-provincial indicators. Only those living in Seoul, who responded that they were either feeling a lot of stress or depression, were included in the study. Multiple logistic regression analysis using generalized estimating equations was performed to examine both individual- and regional-level variables associated with utilization of professional mental health services. RESULTS: Among the 7338 participants who reported depression or stress, 646 (8.8%) had consulted a mental health professional for their symptoms. A higher recognition rate of mental health centers was associated with more utilization of professional mental health services (odds ratio [OR]=1.05, 95% confidence interval [CI]=1.03-1.07). CONCLUSIONS: Accessibility to professional mental health services could be improved depending on the general population's recognition and attitudes toward mental health centers. Therefore, health policy-makers need to plan appropriate strategies for changing the perception of mental health services and informing the public about both the benefits and functions of mental health centers.
Full Text
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0165178116309519
DOI
10.1016/j.psychres.2017.01.051
Appears in Collections:
1. College of Medicine (의과대학) > Dept. of Preventive Medicine and Public Health (예방의학교실) > 1. Journal Papers
Yonsei Authors
Park, Eun-Cheol(박은철) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2306-5398
URI
https://ir.ymlib.yonsei.ac.kr/handle/22282913/154201
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