Improving Mental Health Practices in Primary Health Care

  • Barbara J. Burns
  • Jack D. BurkeJr.


Concern with understanding and improving the mental health role of primary care clinicians has been a research interest in the United Kingdom, the United States, and for the World Health Organization, for nearly 20 years. Michael Shepherd and colleagues (1966) led the way with research which combined an epidemiological approach to a patient population with examination of clinical practices. Subsequent research demonstrated a serious gap between the high prevalence of mental disorders among primary care patients and the concommitant low recognition, diagnosis, treatment or referral by primary care clinicians (Regier et al., 1978; Hooper et al., 1979).


Mental Health Primary Care Mental Disorder Mental Health Service Primary Care Physician 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Barbara J. Burns
    • 1
  • Jack D. BurkeJr.
    • 1
  1. 1.National Institute of Mental HealthRockvilleUSA

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