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Patient characteristics and clinical activities at a British military department of community mental health

  • Matthew Gould (a1), John Sharpley (a2) and Neil Greenberg (a3)
Abstract
Aims and Method

To describe patient characteristics and clinical activities at a British military department of community mental health (DCMH). Data were drawn from a clinical database over a 1-year period (n=409).

Results

Mean age was 29 years, 50% were single and 76% were from the junior ranks. Women were over-represented compared with the wider military population. Mean length of service prior to presentation was 5 years. The main presenting problem was alcohol misuse (33%) followed by depression (19%). Twenty-five per cent were referred for psychotherapy and 68% returned to full employment after treatment.

Clinical Implications

Patient characteristics of those treated at a DCMH differ from those in the wider military. An out-patient occupational mental health service returns a substantial number of patients to occupational fitness within the Armed Forces.

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Patient characteristics and clinical activities at a British military department of community mental health

  • Matthew Gould (a1), John Sharpley (a2) and Neil Greenberg (a3)
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