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Psychological medicine

When to refer to a psychologist

Graham Meadows, Paul R Martin

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Abstract

This article explores some of the issues associated with referring patients to a psychologist and outlines new MBS items for psychological treatments.

Article Extract

The umbrella term ‘psychologist’ includes several kinds of practitioners and it is important to be able to characterise the various disciplines it encompasses. Making the decision to refer a patient to a psychologist involves knowing when to refer, the appropriate type of practitioner to use and an awareness of current remuneration structures. This article examines factors involved in this decision across the range of activities of professional psychologists.

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