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. 2009 Sep;6(3):139-43.

Balint Groups as 'Shared Care' in the Area of Mental Health in Primary Medicine

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Balint Groups as 'Shared Care' in the Area of Mental Health in Primary Medicine

Stanley Rabin et al. Ment Health Fam Med. .
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Abstract

This paper describes how Balint groups can be effective for primary care doctors and how leaders of these groups can act as role models in the interdisciplinary, experiential learning experience. The paper describes the way Balint activity helps the facilitation of a dialogue between mental health professionals and primary care physicians. While these groups have been found to improve the sensitivity of doctors in their interaction with patients, Balint groups, with the joint leadership of professionals from different disciplines, can be seen as an effective method to improve primary care and mental health cooperation. These issues are discussed and appropriate examples outlined offering an uncommon perspective on an interesting topic to promote an integrated, shared model of care.

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