Proportion of persons with serious mental illness who had at least one physician visit for non-psychiatric reasons during the last year.
Clients/patients are able to obtain care and services at the right place and the right time, based on their respective needs. Accessibility would include such things as waiting times, physician availability, geographical proximity, extended service hours, etc.
Additional Domain(s) :
Physical Health Intervention
Persons with SMI have poorer health status and a higher rate of premature mortality than the general population. Through self-neglect and poor access to general health care, the medical needs of this group are often not met.
McEwan, K., & Goldner, E. M. (2001). Accountability and Performance Indicators for Mental Health Services and Supports: A Resource Kit. Ottawa, O.N.: Health Canada