An evaluation of a primary care psychological therapies clinic

Scott Med J. 2000 Dec;45(6):174-6. doi: 10.1177/003693300004500605.


The present study evaluates a primary care psychological therapies clinic providing input one day per week to a GP practice in a rural area of Scotland. Routine data was collected over a 17 month period and a rating scale was used to evaluate treatment outcomes by both GPs and therapist. In addition GP satisfaction with the service was also evaluated. No significant differences were found between counselling and psychology cases on any of the variables examined. Treatment outcome evaluation showed an overall rate of improvement following treatment, with a mean score of 7 on a 1-10 scale, with 10 representing 'much better'. Significant agreement was found between therapist and GP on rating outcome and no significant differences were found between ratings given by psychologist and counsellor. The GPs involved also expressed high levels of satisfaction with the service.

Publication types

  • Evaluation Study

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Ambulatory Care Facilities*
  • Cognition Disorders / therapy*
  • Counseling
  • Family Practice*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Patient Satisfaction
  • Psychology, Clinical*
  • Psychotherapy
  • Rural Population
  • Scotland