Towards Community Psychiatric Care
Psychiatric disorders in the community are very common and epidemiological studies have provided convincing evidence that most initial consultations take place in general practice. Studies of this nature in the UK have shown that between one quarter and one third of all illnesses treated by general practitioners are diagnosable as mental disorders (Clare and Shepherd, 1978) and about 15% of the adult population at risk present to their general practitioners with a mental disorder in any one year (Shepherd et al, 1966).
KeywordsGeneral Practitioner Community Psychiatry Consultant Psychiatrist Crisis Intervention Team Community Mental Health Care
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