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Br J Psychiatry. 2005 Sep;187:274-81.

General practitioners and schizophrenia: results from a Swiss survey.

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  • 1Psychiatric Out-Patient Services Bruderholz.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

General practitioners (GPs) have an important role in the care of patients with chronic schizophrenia and of those in the early phases of this disorder.

AIMS:

To obtain information about the number of patients in the early and chronic stages of schizophrenia seen in general practice; the needs and attitudes of GPs, their diagnostic knowledge concerning early phases of schizophrenia and their knowledge and practice concerning treatment of patients with first-episode and multi-episode schizophrenia.

METHOD:

A postal survey was conducted among randomly selected GPs in Switzerland.

RESULTS:

A total of 1089 GPs responded to the survey. Early psychosis had a low prevalence in general practice, and GPs expressed a wish for specialised, low-threshold referral services. Diagnostic and treatment knowledge showed inconsistencies. Most GPs said they would treat first-episode schizophrenia with antipsychotics, but only a third recommended maintenance treatment after a first episode of schizophrenia that would conform with international recommendations.

CONCLUSIONS:

Easily accessible, low-threshold referral services are pivotal in supporting GPs in the management and treatment of emerging schizophrenia in primary healthcare patients.

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