The case-conferencing project : a first step towards shared care between general practitioners and a mental health service.
The objectives of this study were : (i) to improve general practitioners'knowledge of the mental disorders they commonly treat, and to increase their confidence in managing people with these disorders ; and (ii) to increase general practitioners'familiarity with the Logan-Beaudesert Mental Health Service.
Eleven general practitioners met with psychiatrists from the Logan-Beaudesert Mental Health Service in six 2-hour sessions held at monthly intervals.
Each session comprised a teaching component, a consumer interview and a case-conference.
Outcomes were measured using an objective test of general practitioners'knowledge, a subjective test of their confidence in dealing with mental health problems, and satisfaction surveys for participating consumers, general practitioners and psychiatrists.
On the objective test, the scores of 10 out of the 11 general practitioners improved (p<0.05).
On the subjective test, the ranked scores improved in nine out of the 11 cases (p<0.05).
Consumers, general practitioners and psychiatrists expressed their satisfaction with the format and content of the course.
Having improved the knowledge of a group of general practitioners who are familiar with the functioning of the Logan-Beaudesert Mental Health Service, the stage is now set to proceed to the next step : the shared-care project.
Mots-clés Pascal : Médecin généraliste, Pratique professionnelle, Trouble psychiatrique, Coopération, Service santé, Santé mentale, Connaissance, Attitude, Personnel sanitaire, Homme
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : General practitioner, Professional practice, Mental disorder, Cooperation, Health service, Mental health, Knowledge, Attitude, Health staff, Human
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 98-0020926
Code Inist : 002B18H04. Création : 17/04/1998.