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Do GPs use electronic mental health resources? A qualitative study

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posted on 2006-05-01, 00:00 authored by David AustinDavid Austin, Ciaran Pier, J Mitchell, P Schattner, V Wade, D Pierce, B Klein
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.

History

Journal

Australian family physician

Volume

35

Pagination

365 - 366

Location

South Melbourne, Vic.

Open access

  • Yes

ISSN

0300-8495

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2006, Royal Australian College of General Practitioners

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