The Role of the Clinical Psychologist in Primary Care — an Analysis of Current Practice

  • Laurence E. Burns


Until the early 1970s, when there were just under 600 psychologists employed in the National Health Service, the profession of clinical psychology was closely allied with that of psychiatry. Most clinical psychologists worked in the fields of mental illness or mental handicap; indeed, according to a survey carried out by the British Psychological Society, some 95% of the patients seen by clinical psychologists were assigned to them by psychiatrists. Their role at that time consisted largely of undertaking routine and specialised diagnoses and assessments.


Primary Care General Practitioner Primary Health Care Sexual Dysfunction Clinical Psychologist 


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© Plenum Press, New York 1982

Authors and Affiliations

  • Laurence E. Burns
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  1. 1.Psychology DepartmentBirchhill HospitalRochdaleEngland

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