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General practitioners' opinions on how to improve treatment of mental disorders in primary health care. Interviews with one hundred Norwegian general practitioners

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dc.contributor.author Mykletun, Arnstein eng
dc.contributor.author Knudsen, Ann Kristin eng
dc.contributor.author Tangen, Tone eng
dc.contributor.author Øverland, Simon Nygaard eng
dc.date.accessioned 2011-04-29T06:37:01Z
dc.date.available 2011-04-29T06:37:01Z
dc.date.issued 2010-02-09 eng
dc.identifier.citation BMC Health Services Research 10:35 en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1472-6963 eng
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1956/4713
dc.description.abstract Background Improvements in treatment of mental disorders are repeatedly called for. General practitioners (GPs) are responsible for the majority of treatment of mental disorders. Consequently, we interviewed GPs about their opinions on how treatment of mental disorders in primary health care contexts could be improved. Methods Among GPs affiliated within the Norwegian reimbursement system, we approached 353, and made contact with 246 GP's. One-hundred of these agreed to participate in our study, and 95 of them expressed opinions on how to improve treatment of mental disorders. The telephone interviews were based on open-ended questions, responses were transcribed continuously, and content analysis was applied. Results are presented both as frequency tables of common responses, and as qualitative descriptions and quotations of opinions. Results Nearly all (95%) of the GPs had suggestions on how to improve treatment of mental disorders in primary health care. Increased capacity in secondary health care was suggested by 59% of GPs. Suggestions of improved collaboration with secondary health care were also common (57%), as were improvements of GPs' skills and knowledge relevant for diagnosing and treating mental disorders (40%) and more time for patients with mental disorders in GP contexts (40%). Conclusions The GPs' suggestions are in line with international research and debate. It is thought-provoking that the majority of GPs call for increased capacity in secondary care, and also better collaboration with secondary care. Some GPs made comparisons to the health care system for physical disorders, which is described as better-functioning. Our study identified no simple short-term cost-effective interventions likely to improve treatment for mental disorders within primary health care. Under-treatment of mental disorders is, however, also associated with significant financial burdens. en_US
dc.language.iso eng eng
dc.publisher BioMed Central eng
dc.rights Attribution CC BY eng
dc.rights.uri http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0 eng
dc.title General practitioners' opinions on how to improve treatment of mental disorders in primary health care. Interviews with one hundred Norwegian general practitioners eng
dc.type Peer reviewed eng
dc.type Journal article eng
dc.rights.holder Copyright 2010 Mykletun et al; licensee BioMed Central Ltd.
dc.rights.holder Mykletun et al. eng
dc.type.version publishedVersion eng
bora.peerreviewed Peer reviewed eng
bora.cristinID 340712 eng
bibo.doi http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1472-6963-10-35 eng
dc.identifier.cristinID 340712 eng
dc.identifier.doi http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1472-6963-10-35


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