Barriers to the Treatment of Mental Illness in Primary Care Clinics in Israel
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The present study examined physicians’ perceived barriers to the management of mental illness in primary care settings in Israel. Seven focus groups that included a total of 52 primary care Israeli physicians were conducted. Open coding analysis was employed, consisting of constant comparisons within and across interviews. Three major themes emerged: (a) barriers to the management of mental illness at the individual-level, (b) barriers to the management of mental illness at the system-level, and (c) the emotional ramifications that these barriers have on physicians. The findings highlight the parallelism between the experiences of primary care physicians and their patients. The findings also stress the need to attend to physicians’ emotional reactions when working with patients who suffer from mental illness and to better structure mental health treatment in primary care.
KeywordsDepression Anxiety Primary care Anti-depressants Anti-anxiety Physicians Integrated care Psychotropic Psychotherapy
The study was funded by The Israel National Institute for Health Policy Research.
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