Published Papers - Abstract 99

Kenardy J, Sheffield J & Fowler B. Satisfaction with general practitioner care in young women with mental health problems. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, ; :

Objective: This study aimed to examine the satisfaction with six aspects of general practitioner (GP) care reported by a representative sample of Australian women aged 18-23 years with mental health problems. Methods: Data were collected as part of a larger study of Australian women’s health that utilised a self-report questionnaire method. Data collection was commenced in 1996. Participants were included in the present study if they had visited a GP in the preceding year. These women (N=12 544) were classified into symptom group (no-symptom; depression; eating disorder), location (urban; rural/remote) and state (Qld; NSW; Vic; all other states). Analyses of variance were conducted to compare differences in satisfaction with GP care based on group membership.Results: The analyses found that there were no significant differences on satisfaction between women in urban and rural/remote areas. However, the no-symptom group was significantly more satisfied than both the depressed and eating disorder groups. There were no differences between the two symptom groups. There were some differences in the pattern of results when data were analysed on a state basis. Conclusions: Overall young Australian women were generally satisfied with the six aspects of GP care assessed. However, where there is evidence of mental health problems, women are significantly less satisfied than their peers who report no mental health problems. While this survey provides starting information on the impact of mental health issues on satisfaction with GP care, further research is needed to clarify the exact mechanism through which these issues exert their influence.