Australian Family Physician
Australian Family Physician


Volume 39, Issue 12, December 2010

Mailing GP reply letters after psychiatric assessment A pilot randomised controlled trial

Robert Selzer Michael McGartland Fiona M Foley Paul B Fitzgerald Steve Ellen Stuart J Lee Grant Blashki
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Patients are not always fully aware of the details of their assessment and management plan detailed in the letter sent from the specialist to the general practitioner following referral. One approach to solving this problem is for the specialist to copy the GP reply letter to the patient.
To determine whether receiving a copy of the GP reply letter improves outcomes in patients referred by their GP for a psychiatric assessment.
Data was collected for 21 letter recipients and 18 control participants. A significant group by time interaction found total DASS-21 scores improved to a greater extent for the letter recipient group, no significant difference in adherence was found.

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