Table 3

Long-term maintenance of GPs’ confidence in providing mental health care
Confidence ratings at end of module (N≥294) Confidence ratings 3–6 Months after completion (N≥106)
Mean1 %2 Mean1 %2
Respondent’s Confidence in his or her ability to:
(a) diagnose depression 1.23 99.7 1.19 100
(b) screen for addictions 1.74 92.4 1.67 94.5
(c) screen for other mental health conditions 1.83 91.8 1.73 96.3
(d) treat depression 1.43 99.0 1.28 100
(e) treat other mental health disorders 1.99 85.2 1.93 87.2
(f) prescribe medications for mental health conditions 1.67 95.0 1.61 95.5
(g) assess patients’ problems and strengths 1.79 91.0 1.66 92.7
(h) develop systematized care plans for patients where a mental health care plan is not appropriate 2.07 77.5 1.86 84.0
(i) create a mental health care plan fitting Medical Service Plan [provincial program] guidelines 1.87 83.4 1.69 89.8
(j) engage mental health patients in a range of interventions (e.g., cognitive behavioural and interpersonal skills training) 1.97 81.4 1.90 82.6
(k) offer and coach the Antidepressant Skills Workbook 1.95 80.2 1.83 85.0
(l) offer and support the Bounce Back program 1.54 92.1 1.56 91.7
(m) In general, how confident are you in the quality of mental health care you provide to your patients? 1.71 96.3 1.46 99.1
Respondent’s confidence in her or his knowledge/awareness of:
(a) non-pharmacological interventions (cognitive behavioral skills such as activation, relaxation, negative thinking) 1.90 86.8 1.76 91.7
(b) regional mental health resources for mental health patients 2.05 82.8 1.87 88.1

Notes:

1 Lower means indicate higher confidence level rating. This was a 4-point rating scale with 1 indicating “very confident”, 2 indicating “somewhat confident”, 3 indicating “not very confident” and 4 indicating “not at all confident”.

2 Percentage of GPs who responded “very confident” or “somewhat confident”.

MacCarthy et al.

MacCarthy et al. BMC Medical Education 2012 12:110   doi:10.1186/1472-6920-12-110

Open Data