Disparities in Treatment of People With Mental Disorder in Non-Psychiatric Hospitals: A Review of the Literature

Brad Mather, Michael Roche, Christine Duffield

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Abstract

People with mental disorder experience a heavy burden of physical ill-health. This, alongside structural health-system changes, means more people with mental disorder are being cared for in non-psychiatric hospitals. This article reports on 32 studies that have investigated the care and outcomes of people with comorbid mental and physical health problems in non-psychiatric hospitals. Prevalence of mental disorder ranged between 4%-46%, and rates of psychiatric referral was 2%-10%. The receipt of invasive cardiac procedures was markedly reduced for those with mental disorder. Likelihood of experiencing an adverse event, post-operative complication or increased length of stay was also elevated for those with mental disorder.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)80-86
Number of pages7
JournalArchives of Psychiatric Nursing
Volume28
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2014
Externally publishedYes

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