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Perspectives of people with enduring mental ill health from a community-based qualitative study

Authors:
KAI Joe, CROSLAND Ann
Journal article citation:
British Journal of General Practice, 51(470), September 2001, pp.730-736.
Publisher:
Royal College of General Practitioners

Explores experiences and perceptions of health care of people with enduring mental health problems. The study is a community-based qualitative study using theoretical sampling, in-depth interviews, and grounded methodology. Subjects participated in one-to-one interviews which were audiotaped. Results found the primary goal of the responders was to enhance, sustain and tackle control of their mental health problems. However, the settings in which their health care took place could affect responders' attempts to deal with social stigma. Illustrates the potential of health professionals to empower people with enduring mental ill health, by attending to the quality of communication and continuity of care they provide and to where this takes place. Also underlines the need to address the social stigma and exclusion faced by people with mental health problems.

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Socio-demographic differences in general practice consultation rates for psychiatric disorders among patients aged 16-64

Authors:
SHAH Rajen, McNIECE Rosie, MAJEED Azeem
Journal article citation:
Health Statistics Quarterly, 11, Autumn 2001, pp.5-10.
Publisher:
Office for National Statistics

Examines data from the Fourth National Survey of Morbidity in General Practice to examine the relationship between socio-demographic factors and consultation rates for psychiatric disorders. Found that consultation rates increased for all diagnoses from Social Class I to V. Women had consultation rates 82 per cent higher than men. Although overall consultation rates were highest in Whites, Afro-Caribbeans had higher consultation rates for schizophrenia and personality disorders. Age, sex and ethnicity were associated with substantially differing consultation rates for psychiatric disorders in general practice.

Journal article

Registering reform in mental health

Author:
BARR Wally
Journal article citation:
Nursing Times, 17.5.01, 2001, pp.39-40.
Publisher:
Nursing Times

Argues that mental health registers were meant to radically improve services but three years on they seem to have made little difference.

Journal article

Sorry that's not my job any more

Author:
VAUX Gary
Journal article citation:
Community Care, 3.5.01, 2001, p.33.
Publisher:
Reed Business Information

Government plans to reduce GP's paperwork will affect the way in which social services clients claim certain benefits and grants. Explains why social workers should be mindful of the changes.

Journal article

Refugees and mental health

Author:
THOMPSON Audrey
Journal article citation:
Diverse Minds Magazine, 9, June 2001, pp.6-7.
Publisher:
MIND

Reports on how refugees experience up to five times more incidence of mental illness than the general population and yet they are not well served by statutory services.

Journal article

Targeting services to meet need: a tired approach to mental health care

Author:
MAUNDER Lesley
Journal article citation:
Mental Health and Learning Disabilities Care, 4(11), July 2001, pp.366-369.
Publisher:
Pavilion

Faced with ever-increasing and often conflicting demands Northumberland's health and social services have developed a structured framework to ensure patients with mental health problems receive the level of care appropriate to their needs. The Northumberland tiered approach has meant that primary care practitioners receive training and support to treat patients with more common mental health problems while secondary and specialist services are able to focus their resources on those with more disabling conditions. Describes the evolution and operation of the framework.

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Accuracy of general practitioner's prognosis of the 1-year course of depression and generalised anxiety

Authors:
van den BRINK Rob H.S., et al
Journal article citation:
British Journal of Psychiatry, 178, January 2001, pp.18-22.
Publisher:
Royal College of Psychiatrists

A prognosis serves important functions for the management of common mental disorders in primary care. This research aimed to establish the accuracy of the general practitioner's (GP) prognosis. Modest agreement between GP prognosis and course was found, both for depression and generalised anxiety. The researchers conclude that general practitioners do a fair job in predicting the 1-year course of depression and generalised anxiety. Even so, their performance falls significantly short of attainable performance.

Book

Practical management of depression in older people

Editors:
CURRAN Stephen, WATTIS John, LYNCH Sean
Publisher:
Arnold
Publication year:
2001
Pagination:
191p,bibliog.
Place of publication:
London

Provides an overview of the different treatments available and the contributions difficult disciplines can bring to the problem of managing depression in older people. Practical implications of physical and psychotherapeutic treatments are discussed. The roles of the family practitioner, clinical psychiatrist, nurse and occupational therapist are explored within the context of a multidisciplinary team. Guidelines for diagnoses are outlined.

Book

New beginnings: towards patient and public involvement in primary health care

Editors:
GILLAM Stephen, BROOKS Fiona
Publisher:
Kings Fund
Publication year:
2001
Pagination:
168p.,bibliogs.
Place of publication:
London

Explores the issues related to public and patient involvement in primary care. Begins by describing the theoretical and policy contexts that are shaping user involvement currently; why user involvement is regarded as important; and its role in primary care at organisation level and in the individual consultation. Moves on to consider a range of case studies of involvement of different types of user, including women, members of ethnic minorities, older people and people with mental health problems. Concludes with an overview of the challenges remaining and suggestions for future development.

Book

Child mental health in primary care

Authors:
SPENDER Quentin, et al
Publisher:
Radcliffe Medical Press
Publication year:
2001
Pagination:
383p.
Place of publication:
Abingdon

Aims to help professionals in primary care assess, manage and refer children and adolescents with mental health problems. Lists problems that can present at any stage of childhood, and those specific to infancy, school age children and adolescents, with definitions, assessment outlines, detailed management options and indications for referral.

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