What can you do in under 30 minutes to help people cope?
Accreditation: Allocated 3 RACGP points Activity 221463 | Allocated 1 ACRRM point Activity 20930
Mental health consultations form a large part of general practice work. This is even more so amidst the Covid-19 pandemic when access to face to face consultations may be more limited than usual. We usually only have relatively short consultation times of 15 minutes, or if we know it is going to be a mental health related consultation, perhaps 30 minutes. On the upside
we have the opportunity to see the patient over time, to know their family and understand the context in which their symptoms have developed.
Other than a formulaic mental health plan, a referral and a prescription, what can we do that may help? How will we fit this in to the confines of general practice consultations? What can we suggest until the counselling appointment comes around?
This case based discussion with Dr Louise Stone and Dr Nicola Holmes will provide information and expert comments on what is possible and what may help people cope with difficult symptoms in difficult circumstances.
- Allocated 3 RACGP points Activity 221463
- Allocated 1 ACRRM point Activity 20930
What you will learn
- Educate patients about the effects of acute and longer-term traumas such as the Covid-19 pandemic on their mental health.
- Provide timely and effective treatment of mental health concerns within the time constraints of a general practice consultation.
- Implement behavioural and psychological strategies to assist patients to reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression.
- Assist patients to understand the different evidence based psychological approaches that can be used to treat more enduring or significant symptoms of mental health.