There is considerable evidence that people with panic disorder utilise the physical health care system more frequently than people in the general community and so incur for themselves, and impose on the public health care system, considerably greater costs.
Although this is probably because of specific characteristics to do with panic disorder, it may also be a function of having any anxiety disorder where panic is prominent.
This study represents one of the few comparisons of medical utilisation and costs incurred by people with panic disorder to those incurred by people with another anxiety disorder, in this case, social phobia.
Before treatment, 41 people with panic disorder, 15 with social phobia and 43 nonanxious controls were interviewed about their use of the medical care system over the previous 12 months.
As expected, people with panic disorder had significantly higher utilisation rates than either the nonanxious controls or the socially phobic subjects, and incurred substantially higher costs.
Adequate screening for panic disorder at the primary medical care level together with appropriate treatment referral therefore have the potential to substantially reduce the personal and community costs incurred by people with panic disorder.
Mots-clés Pascal : Panique, Utilisation, Service santé, Santé mentale, Coût financement, Etude comparative, Phobie sociale, Homme, Trouble anxieux
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Panic, Use, Health service, Mental health, Financing cost, Comparative study, Social phobia, Human, Anxiety disorder
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 98-0531593
Code Inist : 002B18H05B. Création : 23/03/1999.