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General practitioners' views of community mental health services: a survey in one London borough

Hannigan, Ben, Stafford, A. and Laugharne, R. 1997. General practitioners' views of community mental health services: a survey in one London borough. Journal of Interprofessional Care 11 (3) , pp. 287-293. 10.3109/13561829709034125

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Abstract

Community mental health teams are increasingly focusing their activities on people with severe mental illnesses. ‘4t the same time, the overall extent of mental health need in primay care ensures general practitioners (GPs) remain key professionals in the co-ordination and provision of mental health services to a wide range of patients. This study sought to establish the views of GPs working in one London borough on community mental health services, and to establish what they believed were appropriate services for community mental health professionals to provide. A postal questionnaire sent to all 104 GI’s working in the borough produced a 48% response rate. GPs believed community mental health teams were useful, and effective in dealing with patients presenting with a variety of mental health problems. Many believed that enhanced primay health care teams, adequately resourced and staffed with attached mental health professionals, could provide a wide range of mental health interventions. Dissatisfaction appeared to be related to the evolving focus of community mental health teams. Many GPs believed that they had lost a valuable service for people with less severe mental health needs.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Healthcare Sciences
Subjects: R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0321 Neuroscience. Biological psychiatry. Neuropsychiatry
R Medicine > RT Nursing
Uncontrolled Keywords: Community mental health teams; GPs; prima y health care; prioritising; severe mental illness
Publisher: Informa Healthcare
ISSN: 1356-1820
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 04:19
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/36820

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