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Long term benefits need to be taken into account when evaluating family support projects

BMJ 2000; 320 doi: (Published 10 June 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;320:1600
  1. Clare Goodhart, general practitioner principal,
  2. Jonathan Graffy (, senior lecturer
  1. Statham Grove Surgery, London N16 9DP
  2. Department of General Practice and Primary Care, Queen Mary and Westfield College, London E1 4NS

    EDITOR—Many voluntary sector initiatives offer community support, but we are aware that not all those who need help are ready to receive it. The Amalthea Project, discussed by Grant et al, was developed to bridge this gap by facilitating access to the voluntary sector from primary care.1 Grant et al's evaluation of this project makes a real contribution, measuring both the benefit to patients with psychosocial problems and the costs of such projects.

    Grant et al confirmed that using referrals facilitators results in both clinical …

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