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Liaison-consultation meetings in general practice: An audiotape analysis

  • Rebecca J. Tipper (a1) and Ian M. Pullen (a1)
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Aims and method

Audio-recordings were made over a period of six months of liaison–consultation meetings between general practitioners and a community mental health team in the Scottish Borders to show general trends in length of discussion and information exchange.

Results

Meetings were predominantly supportive, with high levels of shared information, but little educational content. Some trends in discussion time are shown.

Clinical implications

Audio-recording could form the basis for reviewing the function of liaison-consultation meetings.

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Liaison-consultation meetings in general practice: An audiotape analysis

  • Rebecca J. Tipper (a1) and Ian M. Pullen (a1)
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