This study investigates referrals for psychological therapies in general practitioners (GPs) from five catchment areas.
The results show that 93 per cent of GPs would consider referring elderly patients for psychological help but only 44 per cent had done so and one in three GPs were unfamiliar with the psychological therapies available.
When GPs were asked to select a psychological treatment for depression, 60 per cent chose counselling compared to 21 per cent who chose cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT).
Female GPs particularly favoured counselling.
Experience in psychiatry was associated with selection of CBT.
The results show that GP training and further education should emphasize psychological therapies.
This should make referrals more appropriate and improve patient care.
Mots-clés Pascal : Etat dépressif, Trouble humeur, Vieillard, Homme, Orientation, Médecin généraliste, Psychothérapie, Conseil clinique, Thérapie comportementale, Thérapie cognitive, Personnel sanitaire
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Depression, Mood disorder, Elderly, Human, Orientation, General practitioner, Psychotherapy, Clinical counseling, Behavior therapy, Cognitive therapy, Health staff
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 97-0500128
Code Inist : 002B18H04. Création : 13/02/1998.