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Table 2 General practitioners’ agreement 1 with statements addressing their experiences and attitudes regarding the provision of mental healthcare services (n = 416)

From: Preparedness of Lithuanian general practitioners to provide mental healthcare services: a cross-sectional survey

Survey statement Total sample (%) Age, years old (%) Type of practice (%) Location of practice (%) Location of MHC2center
   ≤50 ≥51 public private urban rural same institution different institution
Current engagement in provision of mental healthcare          
I often ask my patients about their mental health problems 53.3 60.1 48,1* 50.2 59.1 52.9 57.3 48.7 60.9*
I often involve myself in the management of my patients’ mental health problems 56.6 54.1 59.7 56.6 57.1 54.5 63.1 54.0 58.9
In case of suspected mental health problems, I immediately refer patients to a psychiatrist or psychologist 81.0 77.5 84.0 81.4 81.0 81.1 81.7 85.2 78.1
I feel responsible for the management of my patients’ mental health problems 75.1 78.6 73.2 76.8 73.1 74.0 76.3 73.2 75.6
Self-perceived competencies          
My knowledge of mental healthcare is sufficient 8.8 8.6 9.1 10.6 5.5 8.8 6.0 8.5 7.4
My communication skills with patients who have mental disorders are sufficient 16.8 19.4 14.4 18.6 12.6 17.8 7.3 15.5 16.5
I would be sufficiently successful at diagnosing the most common mental health disorders 20.3 21.8 18.5 20.9 19.0 19.4 21.2 17.3 22.9
Willingness to address mental health care more at the primary healthcare level          
I would like to be more involved in the mental healthcare of my patients 41.2 48.5 36.0* 43.8 36.5 38.0 51.8* 39.9 41.5
I would like to improve my mental healthcare knowledge and skills 86.4 90.1 83.1* 86.5 85.6 85.9 89.3 88.0 84.7
I would like collaborate more with mental healthcare specialists in the provision of mental health services for my patients 82.2 86.2 78.6 82.8 80.2 81.9 83.3 82.7 82.2
I think community nurses should be more involved in the provision of mental health services 75.5 75.7 75.3 78.9 68.3* 74.7 77.6 78.5 73.2
  1. 1Respondents answers “strongly agree” and “agree” were counted together.
  2. 2MHC center – mental healthcare center.
  3. Values in bold indicate a statistically significant difference, * p < 0.05.