Text adapted from "The art of the brief psychiatric interview in primary care" in Psychiatry in primary care, by Jon Davine, (CAMH, 2019).
As a primary care practitioner, you play an important role in delivering mental health care to communities. Patients will often disclose things to you that they may not tell other treatment providers. By embracing the emotional and psychiatric side of medicine and making it a normal part of patient interviews, you provide an invaluable service to your patients.
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About the Author
Jon Davine, MD, CCFP, FRCPC. Associate clinical professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences, with a cross appointment in the Department of Family Medicine, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario.
In The Art of the Brief Psychiatric Interview in Primary Care