High users of outpatient mental health services, I: Definition and characteristics.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Mental health coverage generally limits benefits for high use, which is assumed to be discretionary. The authors present data from the National Medical Care Utilization and Expenditure Survey. Of the individuals who made mental health outpatient visits in 1980, 9.4% made 25 or more visits and accounted for 50% of mental health visits and expenditures. These high users were compared with low users and with high users of other health care. One-third of the mental health high users were highly disabled and had multiple medical disorders. The authors point out the heterogeneity of this population and suggest that psychiatric benefits be differentiated according to patients' needs and services offered.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Taube, CA; Goldman, HH; Burns, BJ; Kessler, LG

Published Date

  • January 1988

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 145 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 19 - 24

PubMed ID

  • 3337288

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0002-953X

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1176/ajp.145.1.19


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States