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Professional health care use and subjective unmet need for social or emotional problems: a cross-sectional survey of the married and divorced population of Flanders

Elien Colman (UGent) , Sara Symoens (UGent) and Piet Bracke (UGent)
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Background: The high mental health care consumption rates of divorced singles may constitute a heavy burden on the public health care system. This raises the question of whether their higher health care use stems from a greater need, or whether there are other factors contributing to these high consumption rates. We examine both health care use and subjective unmet need (perceiving a need for care without seeking it) because of social or emotional problems of the divorced singles, the repartnered divorcees, and the married. Moreover, we investigate how health care use and subjective unmet need relate to each other. Methods: We conduct several gender specific logistic regressions employing data from the Divorce in Flanders Survey (N men = 2884; N women = 3317). Results: Results show that the divorced singles have more contact with professional health care providers (general practitioners, psychiatrists, and psychologists) because of social or emotional problems, and more often perceive unmet needs. The higher health care use rates and greater subjective unmet needs can largely be attributed to higher levels of depressive symptoms. Surprisingly, we find that non-frequent health care users more often perceive a subjective unmet need than frequent health care users and those who have not contacted any health care provider. Conclusion: The single divorced consult health care providers more often because of social or emotional problems and they also perceive unmet needs more often.
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MAJOR DEPRESSIVE DISORDER, MARITAL-STATUS, FAMILY-STRUCTURE, MOTHERS, FINANCIAL HARDSHIP, SERVICE USE, DISTRESS, Divorce, SUPPORT, SELF-RATED HEALTH, MENTAL-HEALTH, Health care use, Subjective unmet need, Mental health, Perceived unmet need

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Colman, Elien, Sara Symoens, and Piet Bracke. 2012. “Professional Health Care Use and Subjective Unmet Need for Social or Emotional Problems: a Cross-sectional Survey of the Married and Divorced Population of Flanders.” Ed. Dina Balabanova, dan Berlowitz, Anna Gagliardi, Marie-Pierre Gagnon, and Elina Hemminki. Bmc Health Services Research 12 (420).
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Colman, Elien, Symoens, S., & Bracke, P. (2012). Professional health care use and subjective unmet need for social or emotional problems: a cross-sectional survey of the married and divorced population of Flanders. (D. Balabanova, dan Berlowitz, A. Gagliardi, M.-P. Gagnon, & E. Hemminki, Eds.)BMC HEALTH SERVICES RESEARCH, 12(420).
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Colman E, Symoens S, Bracke P. Professional health care use and subjective unmet need for social or emotional problems: a cross-sectional survey of the married and divorced population of Flanders. Balabanova D, Berlowitz dan, Gagliardi A, Gagnon M-P, Hemminki E, editors. BMC HEALTH SERVICES RESEARCH. 2012;12(420).
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Colman, Elien, Sara Symoens, and Piet Bracke. “Professional Health Care Use and Subjective Unmet Need for Social or Emotional Problems: a Cross-sectional Survey of the Married and Divorced Population of Flanders.” Ed. Dina Balabanova et al. BMC HEALTH SERVICES RESEARCH 12.420 (2012): n. pag. Print.
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  abstract     = {Background: The high mental health care consumption rates of divorced singles may constitute a heavy burden on the public health care system. This raises the question of whether their higher health care use stems from a greater need, or whether there are other factors contributing to these high consumption rates. We examine both health care use and subjective unmet need (perceiving a need for care without seeking it) because of social or emotional problems of the divorced singles, the repartnered divorcees, and the married. Moreover, we investigate how health care use and subjective unmet need relate to each other. Methods: We conduct several gender specific logistic regressions employing data from the Divorce in Flanders Survey (N men = 2884; N women = 3317). Results: Results show that the divorced singles have more contact with professional health care providers (general practitioners, psychiatrists, and psychologists) because of social or emotional problems, and more often perceive unmet needs. The higher health care use rates and greater subjective unmet needs can largely be attributed to higher levels of depressive symptoms. Surprisingly, we find that non-frequent health care users more often perceive a subjective unmet need than frequent health care users and those who have not contacted any health care provider. Conclusion: The single divorced consult health care providers more often because of social or emotional problems and they also perceive unmet needs more often.},
  author       = {Colman, Elien and Symoens, Sara and Bracke, Piet},
  editor       = {Balabanova, Dina and Berlowitz, dan and Gagliardi, Anna and Gagnon, Marie-Pierre  and Hemminki, Elina},
  issn         = {0017-9124},
  journal      = {BMC HEALTH SERVICES RESEARCH},
  keywords     = {MAJOR DEPRESSIVE DISORDER,MARITAL-STATUS,FAMILY-STRUCTURE,MOTHERS,FINANCIAL HARDSHIP,SERVICE USE,DISTRESS,Divorce,SUPPORT,SELF-RATED HEALTH,MENTAL-HEALTH,Health care use,Subjective unmet need,Mental health,Perceived unmet need},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {420},
  pages        = {25},
  title        = {Professional health care use and subjective unmet need for social or emotional problems: a cross-sectional survey of the married and divorced population of Flanders},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1472-6963-12-420},
  volume       = {12},
  year         = {2012},
}

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