What does a doctor do with psychosocial problems in primary care?

Int J Psychiatry Med. 1990;20(2):151-62. doi: 10.2190/WHGG-2KQG-65GN-57YJ.


Though a lot has been published on the prevalence of psychosocial disorders in primary care, less is known about the actual treatment, given by primary care providers. This article describes treatment given to complaints which are considered by the physician as being psychosocial by nature. Treatment has been assessed by means of observation. A database of approximately 1500 videotaped consultations, sampled from thirty general practitioners has been used for this purpose. The possibilities and limitations of (generalist) psychosocial treatment in primary care are discussed.

MeSH terms

  • Counseling
  • Humans
  • Physician-Patient Relations
  • Primary Health Care
  • Psychophysiologic Disorders / psychology
  • Psychophysiologic Disorders / therapy*
  • Psychotropic Drugs / therapeutic use
  • Referral and Consultation*
  • Sick Role
  • Social Adjustment*
  • Somatoform Disorders / psychology
  • Somatoform Disorders / therapy*


  • Psychotropic Drugs