As mental health professionals move increasingly towards providing community-based services, a good working relationship with general practitioners becomes central to patient care. This relationship depends on good liaison and communication as well as shared goals. This study examines the relationship between a community psychiatric rehabilitation team (CPRT) and GPs by means of a postal questionnaire to local principals in general practice. Although the awareness of the service was less than optimum, clear indications were made of ways of improving communication. The GPs overwhelmingly supported the priorities of the CPRT in the care of those with major mental illness.
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