Cover: Psychological Distress, Unmet Need, and Barriers to Mental Health Care for Women

Psychological Distress, Unmet Need, and Barriers to Mental Health Care for Women

Published in: Women's Health Issues, v. 11, no. 3, May-Jun. 2001, p. 231-243

by Cathy D. Sherbourne, Megan Dwight-Johnson, Ruth Klap

View related products

Read More

Access further information on this document at www.sciencedirect.com

This article was published outside of RAND. The full text of the article can be found at the link above.

Abstract

Using data from the Commonwealth Fund 1998 Survey of Women's Health, this article describes the characteristics of women in need of mental health services for depression or anxiety, and identifies factors related to why women do not get needed care. Depressive/anxiety symptoms are common and access to care for psychological distress remains a problem for many women, especially for minorities, those with less education, and those without a usual source of health care. Sources of unmet need include patient factors, clinician factors, and characteristics of the health system, such as costs of mental health care.

Related Products

Research conducted by

This report is part of the RAND Corporation external publication series. Many RAND studies are published in peer-reviewed scholarly journals, as chapters in commercial books, or as documents published by other organizations.

The RAND Corporation is a nonprofit institution that helps improve policy and decisionmaking through research and analysis. RAND's publications do not necessarily reflect the opinions of its research clients and sponsors.