Background 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.
Objective To determine whether receiving a
copy of the GP reply letter improves
outcomes in patients referred by their
GP for a psychiatric assessment.
Results 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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