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Educational interventions: Equipping general practice for youth mental health and substance abuse. A discussion paper

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Show simple item record O'Regan, Andrew Schaffalitzky, Elizabeth Cullen, Walter 2015-07-01T10:43:09Z 2015
dc.description peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract Background Youth mental health issues and substance abuse are important causes of morbidity and mortality in Ireland. General practice is a frequent point of contact for young people, however, reluctance amongst this population group to disclose mental health issues and a lack of confidence among GPs in dealing with them has been reported. Focussed training interventions with formal evaluation of their acceptability and effectiveness in achieving learning, behavioural change and impact on clinical practice are needed. Aims This paper aims to examine the literature on general practice in youth mental health, specifically, factors for an educational intervention for those working with young people in the community. Methods This review paper was carried out by an online search of PubMed on the recent literature on mental health and on educational interventions for health care workers in primary care. Results A number of papers describing educational interventions for GPs and primary care workers were found and analysed. Key areas to be addressed when identifying and treating mental health problems were: prevention, assessment, treatment, interaction with other services and ongoing support. Important elements of an educational intervention were identified.Discussion Several barriers exist that prevent the identification and treatment of these problems in primary care. An educational intervention should help GPs address these issues. Any intervention should be rigorously evaluated. Conclusion With the shift in services to the community in Irish health policy, the GP, with appropriate training could take the lead in early intervention in youth mental health and addiction. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Springer en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Irish Journal of Medical Science;184, (3), pp.577-582
dc.rights The original publication is available at en_US
dc.subject youth mental health en_US
dc.subject yough substance abuse en_US
dc.subject barriers to presentation en_US
dc.subject enabling strategies en_US
dc.subject educational interventions en_US
dc.title Educational interventions: Equipping general practice for youth mental health and substance abuse. A discussion paper en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article en_US
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_published_reviewed en_US
dc.identifier.doi 10.1007/s11845-015-1285-6 2016-04-16
dc.embargo.terms 2016-04-16 en_US
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/open/Access en_US

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