To assess the impact of teaching general practitioners to carry out structured assessments of their long term mentally ill patients.
Setting-Sixteen group general practices in South Thames (west) region.
Subjects-440 adults disabled by long term mental illness.
Interventions-Patients were identified by using practice data with help from local psychiatric and social services.
In eight practices the practitioners were taught a structured assessment schedule to use with patients every six months for two years.
Main outcome measures-Changes in drug treatments, referrals, consultation rates, and recording of preventive health data in the two years after intervention.
Follow up data were available on 373 patients (84.7%). At least one structured assessment was recorded for 127 patients in the intervention group but only 29 had four assessments recorded.
Conclusions-Teaching general practitioners about the problems of long term mentally ill patients may increase their involvement in patients'psychiatric care.
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Mots-clés Pascal : Enseignement professionnel, Médecin généraliste, Trouble psychiatrique, Randomisation, Essai clinique, Echelle évaluation, Surveillance, Homme
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Occupational education, General practitioner, Mental disorder, Randomization, Clinical trial, Evaluation scale, Surveillance, Human
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Cote : 95-0402005
Code Inist : 002B30A09. Création : 01/03/1996.