Care of long-term mentally ill patients by British general practitioners

Burns, Tom and Kendrick, Tony (1997) Care of long-term mentally ill patients by British general practitioners. Psychiatric Services, 48, (12), 1586-1588. (PMID:9406270).


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In the United Kingdom, patients gain access to psychiatric care through general practitioners (GPs). The first of three studies conducted to assess the role of GPs in managing patients with long-term mental illness found that such patients were unevenly distributed in general practices and that GPs preferred to care for them in collaboration with psychiatric specialists. A more detailed study of 16 general practices yielded information on characteristics and care of long-term mentally ill patients, including a high rate of GP consultations for them. A third, controlled study examined the impact of teaching GPs to provide a structured assessment of long-term mentally ill patients every six months; after the intervention, only a small number of patients actually received such assessments.

Item Type: Article
ISSNs: 1075-2730 (print)
1557-9700 (electronic)
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Subjects: R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0321 Neuroscience. Biological psychiatry. Neuropsychiatry
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Medicine
Faculty of Medicine > Primary Care and Population Sciences
ePrint ID: 61695
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
December 1997Published
Date Deposited: 10 Sep 2008
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 12:44

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