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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), pp. 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.

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Published date: December 1997
Organisations: Primary Care & Population Sciences


Local EPrints ID: 61695
ISSN: 1075-2730
PURE UUID: f94731ea-cd42-4ee8-8e46-b6d1a9d3e6a4
ORCID for Tony Kendrick: ORCID iD

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Date deposited: 10 Sep 2008
Last modified: 17 Jul 2017 14:21

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