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Working with community mental health professionals: a survey among general practitioners

Working with community mental health professionals: a survey among general practitioners

Thomas, R.V. and Corney, R.H. (1993) Working with community mental health professionals: a survey among general practitioners. British Journal of General Practice (BJGP), 43 (375). pp. 417-421. ISSN 0960-1643 (Print), 1478-5242 (Online)

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Abstract

Links between general practitioners and mental health professionals, such as counsellors, psychiatrists, community psychiatric nurses, clinical psychologists and social workers, are increasing in number and type. The aim of this survey was to elicit general practitioners' attitudes to these workers, comparing those with a link with a mental health worker and those without. General practitioners in two district health authorities were surveyed and a response rate of 70% was obtained. General practitioner linked to a mental health professional were more likely to have made a referral to that service in the previous three months and, on the whole, were more satisfied with that service. The commonest problem reported by respondents was the length of waiting lists. Regarding liaison with social workers, inadequate feedback and difficulty with contact were the problems mentioned most by doctors. A number of general practitioners expressed a desire for closer contact with all these mental health services. While caution is required in ascribing causality to these relationships, it is clear that a closer working relationship between general practitioners and mental health workers is productive and is valued by general practitioners. The challenge for policy makers is to structure mental health provision in such a way that more general practitioners are able to benefit than at present.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: community psychiatric services, primary health care team, interprofessional relations, doctors' attitude
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Education & Health
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Last Modified: 14 Oct 2016 09:13
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URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/5009

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