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Table 3 Perceived need for, and barriers to, psychological interventions

From: Service demand for psychological interventions among Australian adults: a population perspective

  % (95% CI) n % (95% CI) n
  Group A: Adults who received PIs in the past 12 months (n = 759) Group B: Adults with a likely mental  disorder diagnosis who did not receive any type of help for mental health in the past 12 months (n = 1120)
Whether needs for PIs were met, by interventions received
 Received PIo – partially met need 23.1 (15.6–32.8) 47
 Received PI+ − partially met need 19.6 (15.2–24.8) 112
 Received PIo – met need 76.9 (67.2–84.4) 165
 Received PI+ − met need 80.4 (75.2–84.8) 435
Whether perceived a need for specific types of help
 PIo 3.1 (2.1–4.6) 40
 PI+ 5.2 (3.9–6.9) 58
 Other interventions 22.8 (18.7–27.6) 244
 No need 68.9 (64.1–73.4) 778
  Main reason for not receiving more PIs among the subset of Group A who reported partially met need (n = 157)a Main reason for not receiving PIs among the subset of Group B with perceived need for PIs (n = 96)a
Structural barriers
 “I couldn’t afford the money” 24.8 (17.2–34.3) 45 9.5b (4.8–18.1) 12
 “I asked but didn’t get help” 19.4b (9.5–35.4) 24 25.7 (15.6–39.2) 21
 “I got help from another source” 3.7b (1.6–7.8) 7 - c 9
Any structural barrier 47.7 (36.4–59.2) 76 43.8 (31.5–56.8) 42
Attitudinal or knowledge barriers
 “I preferred to manage myself” 19.9 (13.9–27.5) 35 33.9 (21.2–49.5) 30
 “I didn’t think anything could help” 15.8b (9.0–26.2) 24 10.2 (4.8–20.4)b 9
 “I didn’t know where to get help” 7.2b (2.7–17.8) 9 - c 4
 “I was afraid to ask for help, or what others would think of me if I did” 9.5b (3.9–21.4) 13 9.2 (5.1–16.0) b 11
Any attitudinal or knowledge barrier 52.3 (40.8–63.6) 81 56.2 (43.2–68.5) 54
  1. PIs Psychological interventions; PIo Psychological interventions only; PI+ Psychological plus other interventions; N Unweighted number, denominator for this analysis; n Unweighted number, numerator; % Weighted percentage; CI Confidence interval
  2. a Two respondents were excluded from analysis as their main barrier to receiving psychological interventions was unknown
  3. b Interpret with caution as this estimate has a relative standard error of 0.25–0.50
  4. c Estimate not reported because relative standard error was greater than 0.50