Urban public attitudes to the treatment of psychological problems and depression in general practice

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Title: Urban public attitudes to the treatment of psychological problems and depression in general practice
Authors: McKeon, Patrick
Gavigan, P.
Carr, Alan
Permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/10197/5296
Date: 2000
Abstract: A previous national study of public attitudes to depression indicated that only 17% spontaneously mentioned their general practitioner as someone who could help with depression, in contrast to 79% of respondents being willing to consult their G.P. in a similar U.K. survey. The present study undertook to examine the public perception of an urban sample to the treatment of depression in general practice and the factors associated with expressed unwillingness to consult. A random sample from the electoral register was drawn and 54 (89%) of 61 subjects selected were interviewed. While 85% of respondents were satisfied with their general practice care, only 24% to 52%, depending on the context and wording of the question, said that they would seek help from their general practitioner for depression. Factors associated with an expressed reluctance to consult were being male, dissatisfied with general practitioner care and believing that general practitioners were not qualified to treat depression.
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: Irish Medical Organisation
Copyright (published version): 2000 Irish Medical Organisation
Keywords: Depression;Psychological problems;Depression in General Practice
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:Psychology Research Collection

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