Generalists neglect psychiatry

BMJ 1995; 311 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.311.7000.328 (Published 29 July 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:328
  1. Chris Williams,
  2. Stephen Curran
  1. Lecturer in psychiatry Lecturer in old age psychiatry Academic Unit of Psychiatry, University of Leeds, St James's University Hospital, Leeds LS9 7TF

    EDITOR,--The recent report by the Royal Colleges of Physicians and Psychiatrists highlighting the psychological care of medical patients emphasises the importance of general doctors being able to detect and assess the presence of common psychiatric disorders.1 2 Most patients with psychiatric illness are not seen by psychiatrists, with only just over a quarter of psychiatrically ill patients actually being diagnosed.3 There must therefore be an increased emphasis on the detection of psychiatric illness …

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