Dutch GPs should show more initiative

21st October 2009, Comments 1 comment

A general practitioner calls on her counterparts to show more initiatives with patients diagnosed with psychotic problems.

The Hague – General practitioners (GP) should show more initiatives with patients diagnosed with psychotic problems, reported De Telegraaf Tuesday.

The paper quoted a thesis written by a practising doctor who said there was inadequate care for patients with mental disorders.

Marian Oud, a GP in Groningen who has been practising medicine since 1988 will receive her PHD at the university of Groningen at the end of the month.  

"The doctor should not wait until the patient or his family is asking for help, but should see the patients on a regular basis,” said Oud 

In her thesis, Marian wrote about ‘GP Care for people with severe mental disorders’ and said there was no uniform policy to treat patients with psychotic disorders. 

This despite the fact that they ' have a greater chance of additional physical disorders such as obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases and lung diseases. They have a shorter life expectancy.”

The GP said most patients with psychotic problems have difficulties conveying their ailments to the GPs who in term cannot determine what medical care is needed. 

Oud is therefore seeking for the development of a general guideline for patients with psychotic disorders.

Together with the patient, the doctor should find an appropriate balance between observing and being involved. 

Hospitals and medical specialists
Hospitals and medical specialists have stepped up to improve the treatment of patients following recent reports that hundreds of patients die from a wrong diagnosis, medication or errors during the operation. 

Data of the patients are being documented better so they can be transferred and accessed easily, reported nu.nl. 

This was necessary after several reports from the Netherlands showed that each year hundreds of people die unnecessarily from such a wrong diagnosis, errors in the operation or the giving of wrong medication.


1 Comment To This Article

  • proteus posted:

    on 21st October 2009, 16:03:52 - Reply

    I think that GPs should show more initiative in general, not only for psychotic problems. It's as if the GPs have nowadays a mentality of "let's try to ignore the problem, maybe it will go away by itself". But it doesn't work. Health problems aggravate, which in turn actually create more work for the GPs, not less. Or, who knows, maybe that's their way of upping their billable hours... Scary thought...