Compliance with mental health and other specialty care referrals among medicare/medicaid dual enrollees

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Abstract

Objectives: To examine and compare non-compliance with mental health and other specialty referrals among low-income elderly. Methods: A survey of 2,128 community-dwelling elderly assessed mental health and other specialty referral in the past year and compliance with these referrals. Non-compliant participants and those who had encountered difficulties in arranging referral appointments were asked about the barriers. Results: 16.7% with mental health referrals vs. 4.8% with other specialty referrals did not comply (p < .001). The main reason for non-compliance with mental health referrals was lack of perceived need. Discussion: Lack of perceived need for professional help is a major barrier to specialty mental health care.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)339-344
Number of pages6
JournalCommunity Mental Health Journal
Volume41
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2005
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Elderly
  • Medicare/Medicaid dual enrollees
  • Mental health referral
  • Primary care
  • Specialty care referral

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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