The chronically mentally ill in primary care.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

The role of primary care physicians in addressing the needs of chronically mentally ill patients is examined from three perspectives: assessing community prevalence; treating chronic medical problems in the context of other human service needs; and treating specific types of chronic mental disorders. About 30% of primary care patients were found to have at least one Research Diagnostic Criteria mental disorder, five-sixths of which had a duration greater than 1 year. However, about 9% of patients had some impairment and 2% had severe impairment associated with a mental disorder. Although affective disorders have the highest overall rates, personality, psychotic, and anxiety disorders contribute the greatest proportion of severe disability.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Regier, DA; Burke, JD; Manderscheid, RW; Burns, BJ

Published Date

  • May 1, 1985

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 15 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 265 - 273

PubMed ID

  • 4023131

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0033-2917

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1017/s0033291700023540


  • eng

Conference Location

  • England