Integrating mental health screening and abnormal cancer screening follow-up: An intervention to reach low-income women

Kathleen Ell, Betsy Vourlekis, Jan Nissly, Deborah Padgett, Diana Pineda, Olga Sarabia, Virginia Walther, Susan Blumenfield, Pey Jiuan Lee

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Abstract

The results of implementing mental health screening within cancer screening and diagnostic programs serving low-income ethnic minority women are reported. Multi-phased screening for anxiety and depression was provided as part of structured health education and intensive case management services to improve abnormal mammogram or Pap test follow-up. Seven hundred fifty-three women were enrolled in the Screening Adherence Follow-up Program. Ten percent (n = 74) met criteria for depressive or anxiety disorder. Women with depressive or anxiety disorders were more likely to have cancer, significant psychosocial stress, fair or poor health status, a comorbid medical problem, and limitation in functional status. Forty-seven women with disorders were receiving no depression care.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)311-325
Number of pages15
JournalCommunity mental health journal
Volume38
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 2002

Keywords

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Mental health screening
  • Primary care

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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