oa Central African Journal of Medicine - Teaching an awareness of psychiatric morbidity in primary health care

Volume 30, Issue 12
  • ISSN : 0008-9176



Some of the literature relating to the presentation of conspicuous psychiatric morbidity (CPM) in Primary Health Care Centres is reviewed; indications are that some 15-25% of patients fall into this category. Medical students in their penultimate year of study at the Godfrey Huggins School of Medicine were assigned in groups of two or three to one of three Municipal Clinics for a week during their two month attachment to the Department of Psychiatry. They were instructed to screen a number of patients using the Harding Questionnaire; an arbitrary cut-off point was used and high scorers were the subjects of more detailed psychiatric evaluation. Five illustrative examples are presented. It is concluded that doctors can be trained to recognise and manage CPM at Primary Care leveL

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