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Table 2 Incorrect responses to knowledge statements about mental health and illness (n = 112)

From: Mental health knowledge, attitudes, and self-efficacy among primary care physicians working in the Greater Tunis area of Tunisia

Knowledge of specific mental health conditions and illness manifestation Incorrect responses: n (%)
Depression
 Administering antidepressants 52 (46.4)
 Depression is always treated with antidepressants 39 (34.8)
 Severe chronic depression in a mother and repercussions on children 20 (17.9)
 Symptoms of depression 5 (4.5)
 Advice for people living with depression 4 (3.6)
Substance use disorders
 Symptoms of alcohol use 84 (75.0)
 Brief advice to people with alcohol problems is effective 67 (59.8)
 Drug use 62 (55.4)
Psychosis
 Interventions for people with acute psychosis 46 (41.1)
 Symptoms of psychosis 11 (9.8)
Suicide/self-harm
 Myths about suicide 81 (72.3)
 Best practice after a suicide attempt 6 (5.4)
Manifestation of mental illness
 Symptoms of alcohol use 84 (75.0)
 Myths about suicide 81 (72.3)
 Prevalence of mental illness in youth 31 (27.7)
 Severe chronic depression in a mother and repercussions on children 20 (17.9)
 Symptoms of psychosis 11 (9.8)
 Symptoms of depression 5 (4.5)
Knowledge on provision of care Incorrect responses: n (%)
Non-pharmacological
 Myths about suicide 81 (72.3)
 Brief advice to people with alcohol problems is effective 67 (59.8)
 Advice for people living with depression 4 (3.6)
Pharmacological
 Administering antidepressants 52 (46.4)
 Depression is always treated with antidepressants 39 (34.8)
 Pharmacological treatment for people with mental illness 21 (18.8)
Management of mental illness in primary care
 Drug use 62 (55.4)
 Involvement of people with mental illness in their own care 46 (41.1)
 Interventions for people with acute psychosis 46 (41.1)
 Best place to care for people with mental illness 45 (40.2)
 Pharmacological treatment for people with mental illness 21 (18.8)
 Best practice after a suicide attempt 6 (5.4)
  1. A total of 112 PCPs completed the questionnaire and there is no missing data. Some items are included in more than one sub-theme. Sub-themes are therefore not mutually exclusive