Patients wary of mental illness in waiting room

A survey of 1134 patients at 15 practices in NSW found 29.7% would be uncomfortable sharing a waiting room with a patient with schizophrenia and 12.2% with those who had severe depression/anxiety.

Ten per cent said they would be moderately or highly likely to change to another practice if the current one provided specialised care for mentally ill patients.

“The level of potentially stigmatising attitudes to mental illness implicit in our findings is of concern,” commented the authors, from the University of Newcastle, the Hunter New England