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Table 2 Self-reported professional and non-professional contacts during the past 12 months for mental health problems (N = 2150)

From: Factors associated with reported service use for mental health problems by residents of rural and remote communities: cross-sectional findings from a baseline survey

Contact type Any contacts n (%) Number of times contacted (by service users)
   Mean (SD) Median (range)
Professional contacts:    
Total 372 (17) 11.0 (33.5) 4.0 (1.0, 600.0)
  General Practitioner (GP) 264 (12) 4.9 (7.9) 3.0 (1.0, 84.0)
  Psychiatrist 54 (2.5) 6.7 (13.1) 3.5 (1.0, 96.0)
  Psychologist 81 (3.8) 6.6 (6.3) 5.0 (1.0, 40.0)
  Drug and alcohol counsellor 5 (0.2) 2.6 (2.1) 2.0 (1.0, 6.0)
  Mental health nurse 24 (1.1) 8.5 (20.3) 2.5 (1.0, 96.0)
  Other mental health professional 63 (2.9) 5.7 (7.3) 3.0 (1.0, 48.0)
  Chemist 75 (3.5) 4.8 (11.5) 2.0 (1.0, 96.0)
  Specialist doctor or surgeon 93 (4.3) 3.5 (9.1) 1.0 (1.0, 84.0)
  Other professional providing general services 89 (4.1) 5.9 (7.8) 4.0 (1.0, 56.0)
  Hospital admission (nights) 10 (0.5) 11.9 (9.5) 10.5 (2.0, 28.0)
Non-professional contacts:    
Total 250 (12) 11.3 (18.4) 4.5 (1.0, 125.0)
  Alternative practitioner 39 (1.8) 3.6 (3.4) 2.0 (1.0, 18.0)
  Friend or family 157 (7.3) 10.6 (15.5) 5.0 (1.0, 99.0)
  Clergy 35 (1.6) 4.2 (4.6) 2.0 (1.0, 20.0)
  Other persons 8 (0.4) 8.3 (8.7) 6.5 (1.0, 28.0)
All contacts (professional and non-professional) 445 (21) 15.6 (40.3) 5.0 (1.0, 725.0)
  1. SD: Standard deviation.
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