Research Article

Continuing Care for Mentally Stable Psychiatric Patients in Primary Care: Patients' Preferences and Views

Table 2

Reasons why some patients would prefer to attend their GP for their continuing psychiatric care.

Reason *Total (% )

I am confident my GP can provide me with the same level of care I would receive from here18 (62%)
It would be handy for me to attend my GP for both my physical and mental health problems13 (45%)
It would take away the stigma often attached to attending psychiatric services9 (31%)
I have a medical card and would attend my GP free of charge5 (17%)
Other reasons 4 (14%)

*Total is the number of patients who expressed a preference for attending their GP for their continuing mental health care once they are stable on their treatment.