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GP referral letters to a community mental health team: an analysis of the quality and quantity of information.

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  • 1Avalon, Somerset, NHS Trust, UK.


Presents the results of a study which investigated whether the quality of information provided by GP referral letters to a community mental health team (CMHT) was sufficient to determine an appropriate response and the allocation of professional resources. A random sample of GP referral letters received over a six month period was analysed. The presenting problem, diagnosis and the indication of severity of symptoms were rated. Perusal of the CMHT members' replies to the GP's allowed a rough analysis of the extent of agreement with the GP's diagnoses, description of presenting problems and severity of symptoms. Discusses the results of the study with regard to the implications of GP fundholding and the employment of GP-based counsellors.

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