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Prevalence and treatment of common mental disorders in the English national population, 1993–2007

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posted on 2016-04-06, 11:05 authored by Nicola Spiers, Tarik Qassem, Paul Bebbington, Sally McManus, Michael King, Rachel Jenkins, Howard Meltzer, Traolach S. Brugha
BACKGROUND: The National Psychiatric Morbidity Surveys include English cross-sectional household samples surveyed in 1993, 2000 and 2007. AIMS: To evaluate frequency of common mental disorders (CMDs), service contact and treatment. METHOD: Common mental disorders were identified with the Clinical Interview Schedule - Revised (CIS-R). Service contact and treatment were established in structured interviews. RESULTS: There were 8615, 6126 and 5385 participants aged 16-64. Prevalence of CMDs was consistent (1993: 14.3%; 2000: 16.0%; 2007: 16.0%), as was past-year primary care physician contact for psychological problems (1993: 11.3%; 2000: 12.0%; 2007: 11.7%). Antidepressant receipt in people with CMDs more than doubled between 1993 (5.7%) and 2000 (14.5%), with little further increase by 2007 (15.9%). Psychological treatments increased in successive surveys. Many with CMDs received no treatment. CONCLUSIONS: Reduction in prevalence did not follow increased treatment uptake, and may require universal public health measures together with individual pharmacological, psychological and computer-based interventions.

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British Journal of Psychiatry, 2016, 209 (2), pp. 150-156

Alternative title

Increasing treatment, continuing burden: the prevalence and treatment of common mental disorders in the English national population, 1993 to 2007

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/Organisation/COLLEGE OF MEDICINE, BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES AND PSYCHOLOGY/School of Medicine/Department of Health Sciences

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  • AM (Accepted Manuscript)

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British Journal of Psychiatry

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Royal College of Psychiatrists

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0007-1250

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1472-1465

Acceptance date

2015-12-12

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2016

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2017-08-01

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http://bjp.rcpsych.org/content/209/2/150

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en

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