Researchers find gaps in mental health referrals from primary care

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Researchers find gaps in mental health referrals from primary care

Martin
Johnston
Cath Allwood
Mental health nurse and researcher Cath Allwood wants electronic forms compulsory when primary care professionals make mental health referrals
“Better integration of primary and secondary mental health care by using electronic referral templates may reduce the number of inappropriate or incom

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The biggest problem with electronic referrals is the arbitrary character limit - for complex referrals like pysch (and neurology), clinicians are often stymied by the system refusing to accept enough characters to allow the last 3 full mental health consultations to be transmitted (containing rich amount of information) or to attach social worker, OT, past psychiatrist or related reports.  In contrast mental health reports back to GPs are often 10 + pages (appropriately, as this reflects the nature and complexity level of these area of medicine).  The character limit needs to at least quadruple (I can only comment for CCDHB), but this has yet to be actioned at my DHB.