Distance and the Use of Mental Health Services

The inverse relationship between distance from mental health services and their use has been noted over many decades and on several continents. Although many factors-diagnostic, socio-economic, and nosocomial-may modify this correlation, its persistence is remarkable. As other barriers to use are diminished, distance remains a mutable variable for planning more effective use of many health care services.

Author(s): Gary W. Shannon; Rashid L. Bashshur; Joseph E. Lovett

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Volume 64, Issue 2 (pages 302–330)
Published in 1986