Community Mental Health Journal

, Volume 40, Issue 4, pp 365–378

Utilization of Psychiatric Services Integrated with Primary Care by Persons of Color with HIV in the Inner City

  • John Budin
  • Sarah Boslaugh
  • Emily Beckett
  • Mark G. Winiarski
Article

DOI: 10.1023/B:COMH.0000035230.20900.59

Cite this article as:
Budin, J., Boslaugh, S., Beckett, E. et al. Community Ment Health J (2004) 40: 365. doi:10.1023/B:COMH.0000035230.20900.59

Abstract

We identify the psychiatric diagnoses and utilization patterns of HIV-positive persons of color who received culturally responsive mental health services integrated into a community medical clinic. Ninety-three patients were referred and 86% (n=80) appeared for at least one encounter. Hispanics, compared with African-Americans, and HIV patients, compared with AIDS patients, were more likely to receive psychotropic prescriptions. Patients with six or more visits were defined as high utilizers: they comprised 27.5% of the patients but used 67.3% of the services. Development of a broader range of psychiatric interventions that address diagnoses, utilization, and psychotropics will better meet these patients' needs.

utilizationpsychotropicHIVprimary care

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© Human Sciences Press, Inc. 2004

Authors and Affiliations

  • John Budin
    • 1
  • Sarah Boslaugh
    • 2
  • Emily Beckett
    • 3
  • Mark G. Winiarski
    • 3
  1. 1.Private practiceNew York City; e-mail:
  2. 2.Postdoctoral Fellow, School of Public HealthSt. Louis University
  3. 3.Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral SciencesMontefiore Medical CenterNY