Irish general practitioners referrals to psychological therapies

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dc.contributor.author Cullinan, V.
dc.contributor.author Veale, Angela
dc.contributor.author Vitale, A.
dc.date.accessioned 2019-01-31T10:23:32Z
dc.date.available 2019-01-31T10:23:32Z
dc.date.issued 2015-04-23
dc.identifier.citation Cullinan, V., Veale, A. and Vitale, A. (2015) 'Irish General Practitioner referrals to psychological therapies', Irish Journal of Psychological Medicine, 33(2), pp. 73-80. doi: 10.1017/ipm.2015.17 en
dc.identifier.volume 33 en
dc.identifier.issued 2 en
dc.identifier.startpage 73 en
dc.identifier.endpage 80 en
dc.identifier.issn 0790-9667
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10468/7387
dc.identifier.doi 10.1017/ipm.2015.17
dc.description.abstract Objective: General Medical Practitioners play a crucial role in the detection and referral of mental health problems in primary care. This study describes the referral patterns of Irish General Practitioners (GPs) to psychological therapies and profiles the range of psychological therapies available. Method: A 21-item study-specific questionnaire exploring referral processes to psychological therapies was sent to all GPs listed by the Irish College of General Practitioners in one county in Ireland. A 19-item questionnaire exploring details of psychological therapies offered and referral pathways was sent to members of psychological therapy accrediting bodies in the same county. Results: Of 97 GP respondents (33% response rate), their estimation of the percentage of their patients who have presenting or underlying mental health issues averaged 22%. When asked to indicate which psychological therapies they consider for referrals, psychiatric referrals was the most frequent referral option (94%), followed by Counsellors (69%), Clinical psychologist (60%) and Psychotherapists (30%). GPs indicated they had some or very little knowledge of specific psychological therapies. Of 129 psychological therapists (45% response rate), self-referral and GP referral were their main referral pathways; 80% worked in private practice; highest qualification level was Undergraduate/Higher Diploma (66%), Master Level (39%) and Doctoral Level (5%). Conclusion: GPs refer patients presenting with mental health problems to psychiatrists with significantly lower percentages referring to other types of psychological therapists. Findings demonstrate that there is a need for greater education and information-sharing between GPs and providers of accredited psychological therapies to increase knowledge on specific therapies and their evidence base. en
dc.description.sponsorship University of Limerick (Mary Immaculate College Seed Funding Scheme) en
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Cambridge University Press (CUP) en
dc.rights © College of Psychiatrists of Ireland 2015 en
dc.rights.uri https://www.cambridge.org/core/article/irish-general-practitioner-referrals-to-psychological-therapies/5F19B07AE7DD44C9D592670CCDA9B8C6 en
dc.subject Primary care en
dc.subject Psychological therapist en
dc.subject Psychotherapy en
dc.subject Referral en
dc.title Irish general practitioners referrals to psychological therapies en
dc.type Article (peer-reviewed) en
dc.internal.authorcontactother Angela Veale, Applied Psychology, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland. +353-21-490-3000 Email: a.veale@ucc.ie en
dc.internal.availability Full text available en
dc.date.updated 2019-01-31T10:16:58Z
dc.description.version Published Version en
dc.internal.rssid 285398728
dc.contributor.funder University of Limerick en
dc.description.status Peer reviewed en
dc.identifier.journaltitle Irish Journal of Psychological Medicine en
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dc.internal.licenseacceptance Yes en
dc.internal.IRISemailaddress a.veale@ucc.ie en


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