Improving Psychiatric Consultation to Nonpsychiatrist Physicians

Troy L. Thompson, Thomas N. Wise, A. Benjamin Kelley, Lee S. Mann

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Nonpsychiatrist physicians were surveyed regarding problems that they had experienced when seeking a psychiatric consultation or treatment referral. They gave three main reasons for not referring more patients to psychiatrists: a belief that other mental health professionals could do as well at less cost, that psychiatrists were less available to discuss patients, and that greater stigma was attached to seeing a psychiatrist than seeing other mental health professionals. Psychiatrists might improve their consultation and referral networks by addressing the misperceptions of their nonpsychiatrist physician colleagues.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)80-84
Number of pages5
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1990
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Applied Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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