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Mental Health Research - Primary Health Care & General Practice

Mild to moderate mental illness; social constructs, definitions, prevalence, interventions and outcomes

Current research in this area includes:

Cost Saving of Brief Alcohol Interventions in Primary Health Care

Helen Moriarty: helen.moriarty@otago.ac.nz

Families Living with Addiction- exploring the issues

Helen Moriarty: helen.moriarty@otago.ac.nz

Research Outputs: http://www.nzfamilies.org.nz/research/alcohol-and-drug-abuse/living-with-addiction 

Mental Health Evaluation: MOH funded project

Tony Dowell, Lynn McBain, Eileen McKinlay, Sue Garrett, James Stanley, Sunny Collings

Academics in the department have been part of the MaGPie research group since 1998. The MaGPie study has regional, national and international significance. It describes the prevalence, form, course and outcome of common mental disorders, including alcohol disorders, in New Zealand general practices and determines the factors influencing recognition and management of these disorders by general practitioners.

MaGPIe Study - pilot paper 

The nature and prevalence of psychological problems in New Zealand primary healthcare: A report on Mental Health and General Practice Investigation (MaGPIe). New Zealand Medical Journal, 2003;116(1171)

MaGPie Study Papers and abstracts 

Additional funding from a University of Otago Research Grant has been used to support an in depth-exploration of factors affecting consultation with a general practitioner for mental illness. General practitioners and patients who have participated in the MaGPIe study will be interviewed.

The information will be used to:

  • help understand the present pattern of detection and "missed diagnosis" of psychological disorder in New Zealand general practice;
  • complement and consolidate the findings of the MaGPIe study; and
  • improve ways for patients to discuss psychological problems with their doctor.

Suicide Prevention

Tony Dowell : tony.dowell@otago.ac.nz

Ultra Brief Intervention Study

Tony Dowell : tony.dowell@otago.ac.nz

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