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Referring patients to counsellors in primary care: qualitative investigation of general practitioners' perceptions

Referring patients to counsellors in primary care: qualitative investigation of general practitioners' perceptions
Referring patients to counsellors in primary care: qualitative investigation of general practitioners' perceptions
Despite growing evidence of the effectiveness of counselling in primary care, questions arise concerning the role of general practitioners in the referral process. This involves both liaison with counsellors and the management of people who do not wish to see counsellors. Respondents (n=23) in this qualitative study of general practitioners' perceptions were clear about which patients should be referred to counsellors, based on guidelines. Additionally, these doctors perceived their role and skills as negotiating with their patients about referral to a counsellor, and managing patients who are either waiting to see a counsellor or who prefer not to see a counsellor. These doctors feel inadequately trained in managing this latter group, whose outcome they perceive as unclear. Despite this, respondents accept a role in ongoing support for their patients with consequent training issues for doctors and opportunities for liaison and mentoring by counsellors
counselling, primary care, doctor's role, referral, GP patient relationship, patients who refuse referral to counsellors
1473-3145
133-137
Cocksedge, Simon
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May, Carl
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Cocksedge, Simon
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May, Carl
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Cocksedge, Simon and May, Carl (2006) Referring patients to counsellors in primary care: qualitative investigation of general practitioners' perceptions. Counselling and Psychotherapy Research, 6 (2), 133-137. (doi:10.1080/14733140600704398).

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Abstract

Despite growing evidence of the effectiveness of counselling in primary care, questions arise concerning the role of general practitioners in the referral process. This involves both liaison with counsellors and the management of people who do not wish to see counsellors. Respondents (n=23) in this qualitative study of general practitioners' perceptions were clear about which patients should be referred to counsellors, based on guidelines. Additionally, these doctors perceived their role and skills as negotiating with their patients about referral to a counsellor, and managing patients who are either waiting to see a counsellor or who prefer not to see a counsellor. These doctors feel inadequately trained in managing this latter group, whose outcome they perceive as unclear. Despite this, respondents accept a role in ongoing support for their patients with consequent training issues for doctors and opportunities for liaison and mentoring by counsellors

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Published date: June 2006
Keywords: counselling, primary care, doctor's role, referral, GP patient relationship, patients who refuse referral to counsellors

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Local EPrints ID: 163541
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/163541
ISSN: 1473-3145
PURE UUID: efcc0d30-07bb-4c1e-ba30-3548c3a37f8f
ORCID for Carl May: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-0451-2690

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Date deposited: 13 Sep 2010 11:26
Last modified: 06 Jun 2018 12:33

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Author: Simon Cocksedge
Author: Carl May ORCID iD

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