Comorbidity in General Practice

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2008-10-12T02:43:00Z
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McCabe, Damian
Holmwood, Chris
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There is a definite role for GPs in providing care for people with coexisting substance use and mental health problems. However, the current level of care being provided by GPs is inconsistent and a number of areas for improvement have been identified. The PARC comorbidity project has explored issues regarding the approaches that GPs use when faced with patients experiencing comorbidity difficulties. The ultimate aim of this project is to improve the level of care provided to people with coexisting mental health and substance use problems by establishing positive changes in the management of comorbidity in the general practice setting. The first step is to establish what the management ought to be. The PARC Comorbidity Project conducted a review of the activities of the Divisions of General Practice in the area of comorbidity, and identified key issues in the identification and management of people with coexisting mental health and substance use problems in the general practice setting. It consulted with GPs, consumers and other health-care professionals to determine pragmatic ‘best practice’ approaches to the detection, assessment and treatment of comorbidity in the general practice setting, established a set of basic principles that will guide GPs in providing care for patients experiencing comorbidity difficulties and identified key areas of change to enhance the level of care provided to people with coexisting mental health and substance use problems in general practice.
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Mental health services--Australia, Mental health counseling--Australia, Primary Mental Health Care Australian Resource Centre (PARC), Primary Mental Health Care Initiative, General Practitioners, Comorbidity
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