A new Brandeis University study published in the July issue of the Journal of General Internal Medicine shows that 68% of the American population had an appointment with their medical doctor in the last year. The lead author Constance Horgan and her colleagues recommend that patients be routinely screened in primary care settings to get the proper early detection and referrals in place.
Science Daily reports, "I think it's time we made screening for behavioral health problems as routine as it is for cancer and other major illnesses," says Horgan. "Detection is where treatment really starts."
The study was funded by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism and the National Institute on Drug Abuse.