Together with our community partners and the Royal College of GPs (RCGP), we have developed accredited resource materials for health professionals working with patients who experience poverty-related distress. RCGP have also released a short training video on the findings of the DeStress project.
The resource materials recognise the dilemmas and dissatisfaction that GPs face in providing appropriate support for patients whose problems are largely psychosocial in nature. They also recognise that when patients feel unsupported, this can lead to unproductive outcomes for both GP and patient. The guidance offered in these materials highlight the importance of GPs trusting their own psychological abilities and the strengths of their therapeutic alliance with patients. Importantly, they focus on the need for GPs to have confidence to know when to act as ‘supporters’ rather than ‘fixers’.
NB: “5 minutes to change your practice” is a pre-requisite for RCGP members. Click here to login.
GPs Supporting Patients Experiencing Poverty Related Distress