Despite the extensive literature on the topic of the intersection of mental health care and primary care physicians, the voice of primary care physicians was not heard. The purpose of this qualitative investigation was to describe primary care providers’ lived experience with delivering mental health services in a primary care setting. This investigation addressed the lived experiences of primary care physicians who deliver mental health services in a primary care setting. The key findings resulting from this investigation suggest primary care providers perceptions of mental health services in a primary care setting are characterized in three distinct themes: (a) role of the provider (b) characteristics of mental disorders, and (c) situations or contexts that influence provider behavior. Themes developed from the participants in this investigation did not vary significantly, and the underlying conclusion of the interview data is that unrecognized mental health issues are not issues in a primary care setting. This investigation identified the level of awareness, knowledge of the impact of social events and situations, determination, and emotional intelligence primary care providers exuded in carrying out the duties and responsibilities of providing quality mental health services in a primary care setting. Though the findings of this investigation cannot be generalized to all primary care providers the results imply that primary care providers desire to be active participants in providing quality mental health services and to have their voices interjected into the development of new policies or the improvement of current policies on the provision of mental health services.
|School:||University of Phoenix|
|School Location:||United States -- Arizona|
|Source:||DAI-B 73/10(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Mental health, Health care management|
|Keywords:||Mental health services, Primary care providers, Suicide|
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