Journal article

Evaluation of an Australian primary care telephone cognitive behavioural therapy pilot

Bridget Bassilios, Jane Pirkis, Kylie King, Justine Fletcher, Grant Blashki, Philip Burgess

AUSTRALIAN JOURNAL OF PRIMARY HEALTH | CSIRO PUBLISHING | Published : 2014

Abstract

A telephone-based cognitive behavioural therapy pilot project was trialled from July 2008 to June 2010, via an Australian Government-funded primary mental health care program. A web-based minimum dataset was used to examine level of uptake, sociodemographic and clinical profile of consumers, precise nature of services delivered, and consumer outcomes. Key informant interviews with 22 project officers and 10 mental health professionals elicited lessons learnt from the implementation of the pilot. Overall, 548 general practitioners referred 908 consumers, who received 6607 sessions (33% via telephone). The sessions were delivered by 180 mental health professionals. Consumers were mainly female..

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