BC Virtual Health Grand Rounds – PIT Appointments

October 25, 2019 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 am
Hadas Haft, UBC CPD

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

Key Speakers

  • 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