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Mental Health Screening in Primary Care: A Comparison of 3 Brief Measures of Psychological Distress

Authors
  • Annmarie Cano
  • Robert P. Sprafkin
  • Douglas J. Scaturo
  • Larry J. Lantinga
  • Barbara H. Fiese
  • Frank Brand
Publisher
Physicians Postgraduate Press, Inc.
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2001
Source
PMC
Keywords
Disciplines
  • Medicine
  • Psychology
License
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Abstract

Background: The current study compared 3 brief mental health screening measures in a sample of older patients in a primary care outpatient setting. Previous mental health screening research has been conducted primarily with younger patients, often with only 1 screening measure, thereby limiting the generalizability of findings. In addition, measures have not yet been compared in terms of their ability to discriminate between cases and noncases of psychiatric disorder.

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