Nonpsychiatrist physicians were surveyed regarding problems that they had experienced when seeking a psychiatric consultation or treatment referral. They gave three main reasons for not referring more patients to psychiatrists: a belief that other mental health professionals could do as well at less cost, that psychiatrists were less available to discuss patients, and that greater stigma was attached to seeing a psychiatrist than seeing other mental health professionals. Psychiatrists might improve their consultation and referral networks by addressing the misperceptions of their nonpsychiatrist physician colleagues.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
- Applied Psychology
- Psychiatry and Mental health