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