Training general practitioners in the assessment of childhood mental health problems

Luk, Ernest S. L., Brann, Peter, Sutherland, Sharon, Mildred, Helen and Birleson, Peter 2002, Training general practitioners in the assessment of childhood mental health problems, Clinical child psychology and psychiatry, vol. 7, no. 4, pp. 571-579, doi: 10.1177/1359104502007004009.

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Title Training general practitioners in the assessment of childhood mental health problems
Author(s) Luk, Ernest S. L.
Brann, Peter
Sutherland, Sharon
Mildred, HelenORCID iD for Mildred, Helen
Birleson, Peter
Journal name Clinical child psychology and psychiatry
Volume number 7
Issue number 4
Start page 571
End page 579
Publisher Sage Publications Ltd
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2002
ISSN 1359-1045
Keyword(s) access of service
childhood mental health problems
engagement of parents
general practitioner
Summary Epidemiological studies have found that most children with mental health problems are not receiving appropriate help. The aim of this study was to assess an approach to train general practitioners (GPs) to detect mental health problems early, engage the families, and assist them in the access of service. Five GPs were given three hours of training on a brief assessment method. Each then interviewed parents whose children they suspected might have a mental health problem. An experienced research clinician then repeated the assessment. This information was fed back to the GP who then assisted the family in obtaining appropriate help. Twenty-nine parents were interviewed in six months. The research clinician and the GPs were in agreement for 90% of the cases for the recognition of mental health problems. GPs’ opinions on the brief assessment method were: easy to use (100%), helpful in obtaining information (100%) and helpful in engaging the parent (100%). The parents were followed up by telephone 3-4 months after the interview. Eighty-eight percent reported that the process was helpful, 67% had received help from services and 67% had improved. We conclude that with brief training, the GPs in this study were able to improve their capacity to provide early intervention for childhood mental health problems.
Language eng
DOI 10.1177/1359104502007004009
Field of Research 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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