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  1. Primary care patients'reactions to mental health screening.

    Article - En anglais


    The authors examined whether there is empirical support for the notion that medical patients are upset by being asked questions about psychiatric disorders.


    Six hundred and one patients attending a primary care clinic completed the SCREENER-a newly developed, brief self-administered questionnaire that surveys a broad range of psychopathology.

    In addition, they completed a second questionnaire that assessed their attitudes toward the SCREENER.


    We found a high level of acceptance by patients.

    The questions were judged easy to answer, and they rarely aroused significant negative affect.

    Fewer than 2 percent of the patients judged the questions difficult to answer, and fewer than 3 percent were « very much » embarrassed, upset, annoyed, or uncomfortable with the questions.

    Individuals with a history of psychiatric treatment and poorer current mental health reacted more unfavorably to the questionnaire.


    From the patient's perspective, it is feasible and acceptable to use self-administered questionnaires for routine screening of psychiatric problems in primary care settings.

    Mots-clés Pascal : Trouble psychiatrique, Dépistage, Soin santé primaire, Attitude, Perception sociale, Questionnaire, Autoévaluation, Psychométrie, Homme

    Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Mental disorder, Medical screening, Primary health care, Attitude, Social perception, Questionnaire, Self evaluation, Psychometrics, Human

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    Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique

    Cote : 97-0273053

    Code Inist : 002B18H05B. Création : 15/07/1997.