Medical Practice

Working with the Family Doctor: A Programme for Mental Health

Br Med J 1972; 4 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.4.5843.781 (Published 30 December 1972) Cite this as: Br Med J 1972;4:781
  1. David Anderson

    Abstract

    A new type of assessment for mental health in four Scottish counties has been based on multidisciplinary teams comprising psychiatrists, psychiatric social worker, nursing administrator, and a secretary. Each team collaborated with 15 to 20 family doctors and they established four main patterns of contact: around an outpatient clinic; by informal availability; by administrative and teaching seminars; or by regular consultation sessions. This improved contact was found to help both the team and the family doctors and reduced the number of patients admitted to hospital and the length of their stay and the number of urgent referrals. It emphasizes the need for team work in mental health care and that the hospital needs to remain in touch with the outside community.

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