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Table 2 Attitudes about the perceived role of psychiatrists in primary care

From: Psychiatrists role in primary health care in Greece: findings from a quantitative study

  Do not know/do not answer Strongly disagree Disagree Slightly disagree Slightly agree Agree Strongly agree
Ν (%) Ν (%) Ν (%) Ν (%) Ν (%) Ν (%) Ν (%)
The public primary care services in my community are inadequate 0 (0.0) 0 (0.0) 4 (2.3) 16 (9.2) 30 (17.2) 50 (28.7) 74 (42.5)
The public mental health services in my community are inadequate 0 (0.0) 0 (0.0) 10 (5.7) 22 (12.6) 22 (12.6) 54 (31.0) 66 (37.9)
I believe that psychiatrist’ participation in primary care is necessary in order to ensure a holistic approach to health of patients 0 (0.0) 0 (0.0) 0 (0.0) 4 (2.3) 16 (9.2) 40 (23.0) 114 (65.5)
People prefer to seek help for mental health problems in primary care to avoid the social stigmatization that accompanied mental health services 4 (2.3) 8 (4.6) 10 (5.7) 16 (9.2) 38 (21.8) 62 (35.6) 36 (20.7)
I believe that psychiatrist’ participation in primary care will significantly improve the detection and management rates of people demonstrating mental health symptoms 0 (0.0) 0 (0.0) 4 (2.3) 4 (2.3) 16 (9.2) 42 (24.1) 108 (62.1)
I believe that the primary care practitioners and physicians do not realize the necessity of psychiatrists’ participation in primary care 4 (2.3) 0 (0.0) 20 (11.5) 24 (13.8) 36 (20.7) 30 (17.2) 60 (34.5)
Primary care practitioners’ usually fail to detect the mental health conditions of patients 0 (0.0) 0 (0.0) 4 (2.3) 14 (8) 44 (25.3) 48 (27.6) 64 (36.8)
Patients’ receiving pharmaceutical treatment for mental health problems by GPs and other primary care professionals usually fail to comply 0 (0.0) 0 (0.0) 6 (3.4) 4 (2.3) 20 (11.5) 72 (41.4) 72 (41.4)
The improvement of health care delivery for patients having mental health problems is strongly related to the collaboration between the psychiatrist and the primary care team members 6 (3.4) 0 (0.0) 2 (1.1) 0 (0.0) 4 (2.3) 62 (35.6) 100 (57.5)
GPs and psychiatrists are equally effective in the use and management of psychiatric drugs 0 (0.0) 96 (55.2) 60 (34.5) 4 (2.3) 10 (5.7) 2 (1.1) 2 (1.1)
The management of mental health conditions in primary care by psychiatrists may significantly contribute to the decrease of social stigmatization 0 (0.0) 0 (0.0) 4 (2.3) 2 (1.1) 20 (11.5) 86 (49.4) 62 (35.6)
The mental health services delivery exclusively by mental health specialists, may significantly contribute to the increase of social stigmatization for mental health conditions 0 (0.0) 54 (31) 92 (52.9) 20 (11.5) 4 (2.3) 2 (1.1) 2 (1.1)