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Do GPs use electronic mental health resources? A qualitative study

Austin, David, Pier, Ciaran, Mitchell, Joanna, Schattner, Peter, Wade, Victoria, Pierce, David and Klein, Britt 2006, Do GPs use electronic mental health resources? A qualitative study, Australian family physician, vol. 35, no. 5, pp. 365-366.

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Title Do GPs use electronic mental health resources? A qualitative study
Author(s) Austin, DavidORCID iD for Austin, David orcid.org/0000-0002-1296-3555
Pier, Ciaran
Mitchell, Joanna
Schattner, Peter
Wade, Victoria
Pierce, David
Klein, Britt
Journal name Australian family physician
Volume number 35
Issue number 5
Start page 365
End page 366
Publisher Royal Australian College of General Practitioners
Place of publication South Melbourne, Vic.
Publication date 2006-05
ISSN 0300-8495
Summary BACKGROUND
The Better Outcomes in Mental Health Care (BOMHC) initiative encourages general practitioners to use electronic mental health resources (EMHRs) during consultation with patients requiring psychological assistance. However, there is little data on GPs’ acceptance and use of EMHRs.

METHOD
Semistructured interviews were conducted with 27 GPs to determine their attitude toward EMHRs, and their use during consultation with patients.

RESULTS
Few GPs reported frequently using EMHRs in consultation. Identified barriers to use included lack of familiarity with information technology, and insufficient knowledge of available resources. Identified advantages of electronic resources included high patient acceptance, time efficiency, and improved quality of information.

DISCUSSION
General practitioners recognise several advantages of utilising electronic resources for managing patients with mental illness. However, GPs are not sufficiently familiar with electronic resources to use them effectively. This could be overcome by education.
Language eng
Field of Research 111717 Primary Health Care
Socio Economic Objective 929999 Health not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2006, Royal Australian College of General Practitioners
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30029088

Document type: Journal Article
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