Physicians' detection of psychological distress in primary-care clinics.

B. Maoz*, S. Rabinowitz, M. Mark, H. Antonovsky, J. Ribak, M. Kotler

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This study investigated the amount of psychological distress reported by 182 soldiers in the Israeli military and compared soldiers' self-ratings of distress with ratings by military physicians of observed distress. Comparisons indicated a low detection rate by physicians with only 13% of self-reported cases of emotional distress identified. This and several related findings were taken to indicate shortcomings in medical care. Possible remedies include additional psychiatric training for military physicians, less frequent rotation of physicians to allow for more stable care, and the initiation of mental health education among soldiers.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)999-1003
Number of pages5
JournalPsychological Reports
Issue number3 Pt 1
StatePublished - Dec 1991
Externally publishedYes


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