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BMC Fam Pract. 2008 Jul 2;9:41. doi: 10.1186/1471-2296-9-41.

Long term GP opinions and involvement after a consultation-liaison intervention for mental health problems.

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Academic Unit of Psychiatry, Versailles Hospital, Le Chesnay, France. nadia.younes@noos.fr

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Shared Mental Health care between Psychiatry and Primary care has been developed to improve the care of common mental health problems but has not hitherto been adequately evaluated. The present study evaluated a consultation-liaison intervention with two objectives: to explore long-term GP opinions (relating to impact on their management and on patient medical outcome) and to determine the secondary referral rate, after a sufficient time lapse following the intervention to reflect a "real-world" primary care setting.

METHODS:

All the 139 collaborating GPs (response rate: 84.9%) were invited two years after the intervention to complete a retrospective telephone survey for each patient (181 patients; response rate: 69.6%).

RESULTS:

91.2% of GPs evaluated effects as positive for primary care management (mainly as support) and 58.9% noted positive effects for patient medical outcome. Two years post-intervention, management was shared care for 79.7% of patients (the GP as the psychiatric care provider) and care by a psychiatrist for 20.3% patients. Secondary referral occurred finally in 44.2% of cases.

CONCLUSION:

The intervention supported GP partners in their management of patients with common mental health problems. Further studies are required on the appropriateness of the care provider.

PMID:
18597695
PMCID:
PMC2483974
DOI:
10.1186/1471-2296-9-41
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