Pit Appointments: A Collaborative, Efficient Alternative to Some Psychiatric Consultations
30-50% of patients seen by family doctors have mental health issues. Psychiatry wait lists in the province are long and often only the sickest patients get seen by psychiatry. Thirty- minute pit appointments are done in a family practice office attended by the family doctor, psychiatrist and patient to resolve issues when a telephone conversation is not enough but a full psychiatric consultation is not required. These appointments have been found to be an efficient, effective alternative. As appointments spread, we are also understanding how pit appointments can be adapted to be done virtually, with youth, and with other mental health (MH) clinicians when family doctors are not available. Advantages include shorter wait times, increased family physician competence and confidence, and decreased costs for MH treatment.
For original research see: https://www.bcmj.org/articles/assessment-pit-appointment-alternative-full-psychiatric-consultation
- Dr. Marilyn Thorpe
- Dr. Richard Lester
- Dr. Gabby Serafini
To join this meeting
Please note that an email will be sent to you a week before the talk that will include instructions on how to view the rounds through VC Anywhere (WebEx). If you would like to add a videoconferencing room to this event please contact Hadas Haft