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MANGUALDE, Alice Ananias dos Santos et al. Epidemiological profile of patients treated in a Center for Psychosocial Care. Mental [online]. 2012, vol.10, n.19, pp. 235-248. ISSN 1679-4427.

Cross-sectional study aimed to delineate the profile of patients treated at the Center for Psychosocial Care of Barbacena. There were assessed 583 medical records of a total of four thousand users attended from 2003 to 2008. The average age of participants was 38.7±3.6 years and the majority of patients were male (56.6%), married or in stable (48.8%), low education (60%) and with past psychiatric treatment (64.7%); 28.8% suffered from a psychotic condition, 22% of affective disorders and 20% of problems caused by substance use. More than half of the patients was not in crisis when he sought care indicates a need for increased investment and capacity at primary and secondary health care.

Keywords : Mental health services; mental disorders; psychiatry; epidemiology.

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