Should mental health issues be addressed in primary care, and can it be done? Views of rural general practitioners in Queensland
Sturk, Heidi, Kavanagh, David J., Gallois, Cindy, King, David, Turpin, Merrill, King, Robert, & Bartlett, Helen (2007) Should mental health issues be addressed in primary care, and can it be done? Views of rural general practitioners in Queensland. Australasian Psychiatry, 15(S1), S90-S94.
Objective: The aim of this paper was to examine self-efficacy and perceived appropriateness among rural general practitioners (GPs) in regards to screening and intervention for physical, lifestyle and mental health issues. -----
Method: Fifty GPs from 25 practices in eight rural Queensland towns completed a written survey designed for the study. -----
Results: General practitioners rated opportunistic screening or assessment for smoking and for detection of relapse of mental disorders as the most appropriate, with even cardiovascular and diabetes risk falling behind these. Self-efficacy was highest for medical disorders for smoking assessment. It was significantly lower for alcohol, mental health issues, and addressing risks of physical disorder in people with mental disorders. -----
Conclusions: High appropriateness ratings suggest that current strategies to boost self-efficacy of GPs in addressing mental health issues are timely.
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|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Keywords:||Alcohol, Mental health, Primary care, Self efficacy, Smoking|
|Divisions:||Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health|
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Psychology & Counselling
|Copyright Owner:||Copyright 2007 The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists|
|Deposited On:||17 Nov 2009 11:41|
|Last Modified:||01 Mar 2012 00:10|
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