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Psychotherapy and General Practice

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  02 January 2018

Linda Gask
Affiliation:
Department of Psychiatry, University Hospital of South Manchester, Nell Lane, West Didsbury, Manchester M20 8LR
Graeme McGrath
Affiliation:
Department of Psychiatry, Rawnsley Building, Manchester Royal Infirmary, Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9WL

Abstract

The authors review the development of liaison psychotherapy in general practice, and argue that a 'skill-sharing’ approach, where the general practitioner retains the treatment role, is a more efficient model than a ‘consultation’ approach. Skill-sharing models are reviewed, and the need for psychiatrists and psychotherapists to be more directly involved in teaching basic psychotherapeutic skills to general practitioners is emphasised.

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Copyright © Royal College of Psychiatrists, 1989 

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