To collect information on current working arrangements between general practitioners (GPs) and mental health professionals and to assess GPs'attitudes towards developing closer working practices with psychiatrists in the primary care setting.
Six hundred and three GPs from South Australia were surveyed with questionnaires.
Main outcome measures included information about existing primary care links between GPs and mental health professionals, GPs'preferred working arrangements with psychiatrists in the primary care setting and their attitude towards developing these practices, including perceived obstacles, advantages and disadvantages.
One hundred and eighty-one completed questionnaires were returned.
One in 11 GPs returning the questionnaire (RGPs) had established primary care links with a psychiatrist, 1 in 6 with clinical psychologists and 1 in 17 with psychiatric nurses and social workers.
RGPs held positive attitudes towards developing closer links at their work settings with psychiatrists when it leads to improved collaboration and access to psychiatrists.
Reservations were expressed about the public weakening of the GPs'primary care role.
The joint needs of clinical care and GPs'further training in psychiatry could be addressed by further development of schemes to attract psychiatrists to work in primary care settings. (...)
Mots-clés Pascal : Médecin généraliste, Attitude, Travail équipe, Psychiatre, Soin santé primaire, Pratique professionnelle, Homme, Santé mentale, Enquête, Personnel sanitaire
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : General practitioner, Attitude, Team work, Psychiatrist, Primary health care, Professional practice, Human, Mental health, Inquiry, Health staff
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 96-0339456
Code Inist : 002B18H04. Création : 10/04/1997.