0
Get Alert
Please Wait... Processing your request... Please Wait.
You must sign in to sign-up for alerts.

Please confirm that your email address is correct, so you can successfully receive this alert.

1
Article   |    
Utilization of mental health services by women in a male-dominated environment: the VA experience
Psychiatric Services 1997; doi:
text A A A
PDF of the full text article.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: The study examined whether women in the Veterans Affairs system use mental health services at a lower rate than men because the system is geared to treat a mostly male population. METHODS: Data were obtained on a national cohort of patients utilizing specialty mental health services in the VA during a two-week period in fiscal year 1991 (N = 70,979). Analyses included comparison of the proportion of women among treated veterans with the age-adjusted proportion of women among all veterans, comparison across gender of the likelihood of use of any general psychiatric services or substance abuse care in 1991, comparison of the intensity of services used (inpatient days and outpatient contacts) by service users in 1991, and comparison of the likelihood of receiving care and the intensity of mental health services received two years later. RESULTS: Overall, 3.95 percent of veterans who used VA mental health specialty services were women; 4.02 percent of all veterans were women. No significant differences between genders were found in use of general psychiatric services, either in the likelihood of any use or the intensity of services used. However, women were significantly less likely to receive substance abuse care (16.3 percent of women versus 71.2 percent of men); once receiving care, they used a similar intensity of substance abuse services. CONCLUSIONS: Being a woman does not appear to have a substantial effect on overall access to VA mental health services or use of general psychiatric services; however, women use VA substance abuse treatment services at a lower rate than men.

Abstract Teaser
Figures in this Article

+

References

+
+

CME Activity

There is currently no quiz available for this resource. Please click here to go to the CME page to find another.
Submit a Comments
Please read the other comments before you post yours. Contributors must reveal any conflict of interest.
Comments are moderated and will appear on the site at the discertion of APA editorial staff.

* = Required Field
(if multiple authors, separate names by comma)
Example: John Doe



Web of Science® Times Cited: 25

Related Content
Articles
Books
The American Psychiatric Publishing Textbook of Substance Abuse Treatment, 4th Edition > Chapter 33.  >
The American Psychiatric Publishing Textbook of Geriatric Psychiatry, 4th Edition > Chapter 8.  >
The American Psychiatric Publishing Textbook of Geriatric Psychiatry, 4th Edition > Chapter 8.  >
The American Psychiatric Publishing Textbook of Geriatric Psychiatry, 4th Edition > Chapter 2.  >
The American Psychiatric Publishing Textbook of Substance Abuse Treatment, 4th Edition > Chapter 38.  >
Topic Collections
Psychiatric News
PubMed Articles
The Efficacy of an Intervention for the Management of Postpartum Fatigue. J Obstet Gynecol Neonatal Nurs Published online Aug 19, 2014.;
A metabolic view on menopause and ageing. Nat Commun 2014;5():4708.