Journal article

Cognitive behavioural therapy: a study of rural general practitioners' understanding and expectations.

David Pierce, Chris Pearce

Aust J Rural Health | Published : 2003


INTRODUCTION: Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) has been extensively used to manage depression and anxiety. It has been offered to general practitioners (GPs) as a technique suited to primary care. METHODS AND RESULTS: Forty-two GPs, who had participated in workshops on CBT, in rural Victoria, were surveyed about their use, expectations and understanding of CBT. Most of the GPs either occasionally or regularly used CBT. Respondents expressed concern that CBT would lengthen their consultations, while recognising its usefulness in their practice and capacity to enhance doctor-patient communication. CONCLUSIONS: The GPs in this study, while regarding CBT as an appropriate technique in general..

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