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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Daniel Loiterstein, MD (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: Much of mental health treatment is not practiced by psychiatrists or psychologists, but by primary care physicians. This book focuses on this aspect of primary care.
Purpose: This book provides those practicing within the realm of primary care with guidance about their patients who require mental health interventions. The authors recognize the importance of the relationship of the general practitioner and the patient. They describe the profound impact that general practitioners may have in mental health. The book achieves its goal of being a comprehensive resource for how mental health care can be effectively and practically dispenses in the primary care setting.
Audience: The book is targeted at professionals working the primary care setting, such as general practitioners, psychiatrists, psychologist, nurses, counselors, and psychotherapists. The authors focus on a team of professionals treating mental health patients in the primary care setting. The chapter authors are credible authorities in their disciplines. The editors include both a psychotherapist and a general practitioner, both well regarded in their fields.
Features: The book is split into four distinct sections. The first sections focus on the encounter of a psychiatric patient in a primary care setting. The second identifies many of the problems involved in treating this challenging population. The third section involves professionals other than the physician and it describes the members of a multidisciplinary team. Section four discusses particular topics in psychiatry relevant to primary care. Although the book is comprehensive, it focuses on the system currently in place in the U.K. Practitioners form other countries may not find the book very applicable.
Assessment: This is a comprehensive and unique addition to the literature. It highlights the steady but uneasy relationship between psychiatry and primary care. It is a useful book for all involved in the either field, but those outside of the U.K. may find the book limited.