This volume has been prepared in light of the experiences of primary care physicians and other health care providers, taking into account their specific needs. Short, user-friendly, and oriented towards management, the book contains essential information for both physicians and other primary care staff on how to help patients with mental disorders.
The book provides helpful guidelines on diagnosis in cases where the primary care physician has to do this alone. It also provides guidelines on what to say to patients and their families, how to give them counselling, what medication to prescribe, and when to consult a specialist. In short, this volume presents mental health science in an easily understandable form for practitioners at the primary health care level.
Two versions of the ICD-10 Chapter V Primary Care Version (ICD-10 PC) are presented in this book: (1) a concise version for those with medical training and prescription responsibility; (2) a brief version for primary care staff withother medical training. The primary care versions of the mental disorders classification were designed by an international group of general practitioners, family physicians, mental health workers, public health experts, social workers, psychiatrists, and psychologists with a special interest in mental health problems in primary health care.
This volume is therefore a highly practical, simple-to-use tool which can help make mental health a more integral part of primary health care practice.