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The evaluation of a model of primary mental health care in rural Tasmania


Campbell, A, The evaluation of a model of primary mental health care in rural Tasmania, The Australian Journal of Rural Health, 13, (3) pp. 142-148. ISSN 1038-5282 (2005) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1111/j.1440-1854.2005.00694.x


Objective: The aim of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of a primary care mental health service. Design: The study used a naturalistic longitudinal design to follow groups of participants who received intervention from a rural mental health worker, or 'usual' mental health service, or no treatment, over a period of 12 months. Setting: The service was evaluated in a rural primary care setting. Participants: One hundred and forty-five primary care patients. Outcome measures: Changes in symptomatology were assessed using the SCL-90R summary scales, and changes in quality of life were assessed using the EuroQOL. Results: Those participants treated by the primary mental health worker showed significant improvements in symptoms and quality of life compared to both the usual and no-treatment groups. Conclusion: There are few studies evaluating mental health services in rural settings. This study demonstrated that a particular model of primary mental health care was more effective than usual mental health care and no treatment at resolving symptoms and improving quality of life.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Health services and systems
Research Field:Mental health services
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Specific population health (excl. Indigenous health)
Objective Field:Rural and remote area health
UTAS Author:Campbell, A (Mr Alistair Campbell)
ID Code:37291
Year Published:2005
Deposited By:UTAS Centre for Rural Health
Deposited On:2005-08-01
Last Modified:2006-05-02

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