Australian Family Physician
Australian Family Physician


Volume 39, Issue 9, September 2010

Roles ascribed to general practitioners by gay men with depression

Susan Kippax Limin Mao Deborah Saltman Christy E Newman Michael R Kidd
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This article identifies the roles that gay men with depression ascribe to their chosen general practitioner and considers how they might influence the dynamics of clinical interactions between gay men and their doctors.
Gay men who have ongoing contact with their GP may expect them to intuitively understand which roles are expected and appropriate to perform in each consultation and over time. General practitioners should consider these changing roles, and take them into account (as appropriate) to achieve open and trusting relationships in the care of their gay male patients.
Five distinct roles were identified: GP as trusted confidant, gentle guide, provider of services, effective conduit, and community peer.

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