Self-reported patient psychosocial needs in integrated primary health care: A role for social work in interdisciplinary teams Academic Article uri icon

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abstract

  • Despite being identified as significant determinants of health, depression and anxiety continue to be underdiagnosed and undertreated in primary care settings. This study examined the psychosocial health needs of patients at four urban interdisciplinary primary health teams. Quantitative analysis revealed that nearly 80% of patients reported anxiety and/or depression. Self-reported anxiety and depression was correlated with poor social relationships, compromised health status and underdeveloped problem-solving skills. These findings suggest that social workers have a vital role to play within interdisciplinary primary health teams in the amelioration of factors associated with anxiety and depression.

authors

  • Craig, Shelley
  • Frankford, Rachel
  • Allan, Kate
  • Williams, Constance
  • Schwartz, Celia
  • Yaworski, Andrea
  • Janz, Gwen
  • Malek-Saniee, Sara

publication date

  • January 2, 2016