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dc.contributor.authorMykletun, Arnsteineng
dc.contributor.authorKnudsen, Ann Kristineng
dc.contributor.authorTangen, Toneeng
dc.contributor.authorØverland, Simon Nygaardeng
dc.date.accessioned2011-04-29T06:37:01Z
dc.date.available2011-04-29T06:37:01Z
dc.date.issued2010-02-09eng
dc.identifier.citationBMC Health Services Research 10:35en_US
dc.identifier.issn1472-6963eng
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1956/4713
dc.description.abstractBackground 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.isoengeng
dc.publisherBioMed Centraleng
dc.rightsAttribution CC BYeng
dc.rights.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0eng
dc.titleGeneral practitioners' opinions on how to improve treatment of mental disorders in primary health care. Interviews with one hundred Norwegian general practitionerseng
dc.typePeer reviewedeng
dc.typeJournal articleeng
dc.rights.holderCopyright 2010 Mykletun et al; licensee BioMed Central Ltd.
dc.rights.holderMykletun et al.eng
dc.type.versionpublishedVersioneng
bora.peerreviewedPeer reviewedeng
bora.cristinID340712eng
bibo.doihttp://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1472-6963-10-35eng
dc.identifier.cristinID340712eng
dc.identifier.doihttp://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1472-6963-10-35


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