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GPs need more support to help young people with mental health problems, review finds

BMJ 2016; 354 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i4938 (Published 15 September 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;354:i4938
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. London

Significant barriers prevent primary care practitioners from effectively supporting children and adolescents with mental health problems, says a systematic review published in the British Journal of General Practice.1

The review said that the worldwide prevalence of mental health problems in children and adolescents has been estimated at 13.4% but that only a minority benefit from early detection and effective treatment. Considerable barriers include a lack of specialist providers and resources, lengthy …

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