We examined the public's preferences regarding the site of provision of mental health care and the basis for those preferences. A representative sample of the adult Israeli population (N= 1,583) was interviewed by telephone about their knowledge and attitudes. Self-referral to mental health professionals and primary medical doctors for milder disorders was low. Psychiatric clinics were preferred by 46% of the public; 35% preferred the general clinics, and the remaining 19% were indifferent. Quality of care was noted by 78% of respondents for their preference for psychiatric clinics. General hospitals were preferred for psychiatric inpatient care by 51% of the respondents compared to 23% who opted for psychiatric hospitals. Despite reasonable familiarity with mental health care, one-third of the respondents did not know whether there was a clinic in their neighborhood. Implications for action are discussed in light of the transfer of responsibility for psychiatric care from the Ministry of Health to the health maintenance organizations (HMOs).
|Number of pages||12|
|Journal||Israel Journal of Psychiatry and Related Sciences|
|State||Published - 2008|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health