This blog was written to support the session I run for GP Specialty Trainees in the North of Scotland.
During these sessions I hope participants will: –
- Be able to describe a cognitive behavioural model
- Know who it may benefit and how to access formal CBT
- Develop a framework for diagnosing, assessing and treating commomn mental health problems in GP.
I have just been asked by a colleague for more information on my support for the use of the PHQ-9 depression rating scale in General Practice. Many feel it interferes with the flow of the GP consultation and reduces it to a tick-box exercise. This has been exacerbated by the GMS contract we work to that incentivises its use at diagnosis and at 5-12 weeks of treatment. Here is my response: –