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Title: Prevalence and treatment of common mental disorders in the English national population, 1993–2007
Other Titles: Increasing treatment, continuing burden: the prevalence and treatment of common mental disorders in the English national population, 1993 to 2007
Authors: Spiers, Nicola
Qassem, Tarik
Bebbington, Paul
McManus, Sally
King, Michael
Jenkins, Rachel
Meltzer, Howard
Brugha, Traolach S.
First Published: 1-Aug-2016
Publisher: Royal College of Psychiatrists
Citation: British Journal of Psychiatry, 2016, 209 (2), pp. 150-156
Abstract: 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.
DOI Link: 10.1192/bjp.bp.115.174979
ISSN: 0007-1250
eISSN: 1472-1465
Version: Post-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Copyright © 2016, Royal College of Psychiatrists. All rights reserved. Deposited with reference to the publisher’s archiving policy available on the SHERPA/RoMEO website.
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