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Psychogastroenterology: a call for psychological input in Australian gastroenterology clinics

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Abstract:

Abstract

Gastroenterologists should be able to refer patients directly to psychologists with full Medicare reimbursement. Psychological comorbidities are frequently seen in patients with gastrointestinal conditions. However, time pressure and lack of expertise in non-medical therapies of psychological problems prevent gastroenterologists from initiating psychological treatment although such treatment may improve patients’ outcomes and reduce health-care utilization. Psychologists are needed as part of the multidisciplinary team in gastroenterology clinics in Australia to take the leading role in the psychological management of those patients by contributing to screening, faster diagnosis and treatment of depression and anxiety disorders in particular.

Keywords: Medicare; psychogastroenterology

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1445-5994.2008.01862.x

Affiliations: 1: University of Adelaide, School of Psychology 2: Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Royal Adelaide Hospital 3: University of South Australia, School of Social Work and Social Policy, Magill Campus, Adelaide, South Australia 4: School of Medicine, University of Western Sydney, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Publication date: 2009-02-01

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