Comorbid medical illnesses and perceived general health among adult recipients of medicaid mental health services

Patricia B. Howard, Peggy El-Mallakh, Mary Kay Rayens, James J. Clark

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Abstract

The purpose of this retrospective, cross-sectional, descriptive study was to measure self-reported frequencies of medical problems, overall health, and health-related quality of life among mental health consumers. The sample included 787 adults who had received a mental health service paid for by Medicaid over a one-year period. The self-administered questionnaire included the 12-item Medical Outcomes Study (MOS) Short-Form (SF) Physical and Mental Health Summary Scales, and items about physical health problems and health-related quality of life. The majority of respondents (83.3%) reported that their general health was poor or fair. Frequently reported medical problems included arthritis, migraines, and high blood pressure. Knowledge of physical problems in persons with mental illness is essential for advanced practice nurses.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)255-274
Number of pages20
JournalIssues in Mental Health Nursing
Volume28
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2007

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This study was funded by the Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Center for Mental Health Services (Grant # 4HRI SM52058-02-4). This article not subject to United States copyright laws. Address correspondence to Patricia B. Howard, College of Nursing, University of Kentucky, 760 Rose Street, Lexington, KY 40536-0232. E-mail: pbhowa00@uky.edu

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatric Mental Health

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