Description: This book serves as a guide for primary care providers to develop better understanding of and treatment skills for psychiatric disorders.
Purpose: The authors provide a source of knowledge of psychiatry for providers who lack formal training in psychiatry. Primary care doctors are having more demands to handle all aspects of care, so they are a primary target of this book. Educating the primary care giver on the evaluation and assessment of mental status and the psychiatric review of systems is very important. This book gives a comprehensive review of psychiatry for the primary care provider.
Audience: It is written for residents in Internal Medicine, Family Medicine, and Pediatrics, as well as General Practitioners. This book would be good for nurse practitioners and physician assistants as well. Psychiatric residents would benefit from reading this book as well, to learn ways to collaborate with primary care doctors.
Features: The book covers a very broad range of psychiatric practice, with very good chapters on assessment / evaluation and psychiatric aspects of common medical illnesses. All major Axis I disorders are covered in reasonable detail. Personality disorders, character and temperament were noticeably absent.
Assessment: This is an excellent source for primary care providers. I think this book would work best in a clinical setting or training setting with a psychiatrist or dual-trained Internal Medicine-Psychiatrist working with a primary care attending in an integrated clinic. This book presents a good review of the assessment of mental status; however, supervision and discussion of cases are essential. As a resident in a combined Internal Medicine and Psychiatry program, I feel that the book is an excellent starting point for a primary care provider interested in developing one's ability to provide mental health care.