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Fund-holders and child mental health services

  • T. I. R. Mutale (a1)
Abstract

Three hundred randomly selected fund-holding general practitioners were sent a questionnaire that asked them to indicate their priorities for child mental hearth services. They were also asked to rate their local child mental health services; 210 (70%) returned completed questionnaires. Items accorded the highest priority by the largest number of GPs included written communication, short waiting time following referral, sensitivity to patient's cultural background, child sexual abuse services, and mental handicap services. Child psychiatrists were seen as the most essential members of multidisciplinary teams, and family therapy was the most popular choice of treatment. Financial considerations did not appear to dictate GPs' choices. About half of respondents rated their local services as barely satisfactory, unsatisfactory or extremely unsatisfactory.

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