The primary care of patients with schizophrenia

Burns, T., Kendrick, T. and Cohen, A. (1998) The primary care of patients with schizophrenia Schizophrenia Research, 29, (1-2), p. 203. (doi:10.1016/S0920-9964(97)88821-4).


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The proportion of patients with schizophrenia who lose contact with the specialist services is between 25% and 40%. It is the General Practitioner that remains the most likely health professional to be in contact with such patients. A consensus group of 14 members met on four occasions to review the literature and to develop good practice guidelines for the management of schizophrenia in primary care. The group consisted of clinical and academic psychiatrists, clinical and academic general practitioners, CPN, practice nurse facilitator, and a health economist. The group developed 'standard' guidelines--guidelines appropriate to the average general practitioner working in an average practice in five areas: establishing a register and organizing regular reviews, comprehensive assessments, information and advice for patients and carers, indications for involving specialist services, and crisis management. The guidelines have been published and are being disseminated through the educational network of primary care, targeting in particular the primary care clinical tutors, chairs of primary care audit groups, and practice nurse facilitators

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1016/S0920-9964(97)88821-4
Additional Information: Abstracts of the Ninth Biennial Winter Workshop on Schizophrenia Davos, Switzerland, 7 February - 13 February 1998
ISSNs: 0920-9964 (print)
Keywords: england, primary-care, care, netherlands, patients, time, primary care, schizophrenia, london

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January 1998Published
Date Deposited: 10 Sep 2008
Last Modified: 16 Apr 2017 17:30
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