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J R Coll Gen Pract. 1986 May;36(286):209-11.

Psychological treatment in general practice: its effect on patients and their families.


Rates of consultations and prescriptions for patients referred to clinical psychologists, and for these patients' immediate families, were investigated for three-year periods both before and after referral. Patients and their children consulted more and had more medication prescribed before referral than control groups, this tendency being particularly prevalent in the year before referral. After the contact with the psychologist there was a decrease in all these indices in the short term, and there were long-term decreases in psychotropic drug prescriptions for patients and in both consultations and prescriptions for their children.

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