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Global Primary Mental Health Care
Practical Guidance for Family Doctors

ISBN 9780367134242
Published December 5, 2019 by Routledge
194 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book provides up-to-date, practical information for family doctors on how to assess and manage important mental health problems presenting in primary care settings.

Patients frequently present with mental health problems in primary care settings around the world, yet family doctors consistently identify gaps in their knowledge, skills and confidence in how best to care for them. Contributors to the book are experts in primary mental health care and have consulted with family doctors around the world, to identify their main learning needs. Each of the nine core chapters will begin with a set of key points on ‘how to do it’ and will end with educational material in the form of clinical scenarios and multiple choice questions. This book describes core competencies for primary mental health care, clarifies how to conduct a first consultation about depression, reviews non-drug interventions for common mental health problems, discusses the management of unexplained physical symptoms, and advises on the physical health care of patients with severe mental illness. It explores the mental health needs of migrants and young people, and explains how to manage problems of frailty, multimorbidity and dementia.

This book will be of interest to family doctors and students specialising in family medicine worldwide.

Table of Contents

1. Core competencies of family doctors in primary mental health care

Christopher Dowrick and Cindy Lam

2. Depression - an evidence-based first consultation

Bruce Arroll, Weng Chin, Fiona Moir, Vicki Mount and Christopher Dowrick

3. Non-drug interventions for common mental health problems

Weng Yee Chin

4. Medically unexplained symptoms

Tim olde Hartman, Christopher Dowrick, Cindy Lam, Sandra Fortes, David Clarke and Jinan Usta

5. Physical health care of people with severe mental illness

Alan Cohen and Kim Griswold

6. Migrant mental health care

Maria van den Muijsenbergh

7. Mental health of young people

Jane Roberts and Christopher Dowrick

8. Frailty and Multimorbidity

Christos Lionis and Marientina Gotsis

9. Dementia

Ferdinando Petrazzuoli, Christos Lionis and Venetia Young


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Christopher Dowrick is Professor of Primary Medical Care at the University of Liverpool, UK.