Inequalities in the utilization of psychiatric and psychological services in catalonia: A multilevel approach

Kátia B. Rocha, Maica Rodríguez-Sanz, Katherine Pérez, Jordi E. Obiols, Carme Borrell

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Abstract

The aim of this study was to analyze individual and contextual inequalities in psychiatrist and psychologist visits in Catalonia. This is a multilevel cross-sectional study using data from the 2006 Catalan Health Interview Survey (n = 15,554). 5.3 % of men and 9.0 % of women visited a psychologist and/or psychiatrist in the last 12 months. People aged 65 years or over were less likely to have visited these professionals and those with a supplemental private health insurance had a higher proportion of having visited. Moreover, people living in lower density regions were less likely to have visited, independently of their level of need. There is a need to develop policies for reducing inequalities in access by people with public health insurance and living in lower density areas. © 2012 Springer Science+Business Media, LLC.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)355-363
JournalAdministration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research
Volume40
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2013

Keywords

  • Healthcare utilization
  • Mental health services
  • Multilevel modelling
  • Psychiatrist
  • Psychologist

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