Mental Health Care in a Fleet Mental Health Support Unit.
NAVAL HEALTH RESEARCH CENTER SAN DIEGO CA
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The present study sought to describe the patient population and service delivery at a single small Navy outpatient mental health clinic by collecting data directly from patientclinician encounters. The total sample included 240 Navy officers and enlisted personnel and 6 Marine Corps service members seen during a 9-month period. Major findings were that most patients were referred from the base dispensarys sick call, that services provided consisted almost exclusively of evaluation and individual psychotherapy, and that a large proportion of patients seen 56.3 received no psychiatric diagnosis. Further, the problems presented by patients seen reflected difficulties in terms of their implications for the delivery of outpatient mental health services in the Navy. Author