Linking physical and mental health: Comparing users and non-users of mental health services in medical care utilization

Deborah K. Padgett, Cathleen Patrick, Herbert J. Schlesinger, Barbara J. Burns

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Higher medical costs incurred by persons with mental disorders was assessed by comparing users and non-users of mental health services in their use of medical (non-mental health) services. Insurance claims data for 4.8 million persons enrolled in the Federal Employees Plan in 1978 were examined. Policy-related recommendations include the need for coordinated mental and physical health care in primary care settings. In particular, the physical health problems of patients in mental health settings should not be ignored as these may cause or exacerbate distress and reduce the effectiveness of mental health treatment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)325-341
Number of pages17
JournalAdministration and Policy in Mental Health
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 1 1993


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Phychiatric Mental Health
  • Health Policy
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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