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.

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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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ID Code: 28658
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Alcohol, Mental health, Primary care, Self efficacy, Smoking
DOI: 10.1080/10398560701701270
ISSN: 1039-8562
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2007 The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists
Deposited On: 17 Nov 2009 01:41
Last Modified: 09 Jul 2017 14:01

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