What can alert the general practitioner to people whose common mental health problems are unrecognised?

Marjan Kljakovic
Med J Aust 2009; 190 (4): . || doi: 10.5694/j.1326-5377.2009.tb02360.x
Published online: 16 February 2009

To the Editor: Wilhelm and colleagues falsely concluded in their recent study that general practitioners in metropolitan Sydney and rural New South Wales had a low rate of recognition of psychological problems overall.1 Furthermore, Wilhelm et al took GPs’ judgements of the presence of psychological problems as the benchmark for “caseness” because of the difference between GP practice and psychiatric practice in the process of assessing psychological problems in consultation. My disagreement lies with what the researchers meant by “overall” and by “caseness”.

  • Marjan Kljakovic

  • Academic Unit of General Practice and Community Health, Australian National University Medical School, Canberra, ACT.



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