§ Mr. Charles Irving
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what research is being undertaken by his Department in connection with primary care in the identification and management of psychiatric ill health; and what is the nature and extent of it.
§ Sir George Young
Projects concerned with the identification and management of psychiatric ill health in the field of primary care currently supported by departmental grants areDr. I. M. Marks, Institute of Psychiatry—Nurse therapy in general practice: epidemiology and efficacyDr. D. Gath, University of Oxford—Feasibility and effects of reducing the prescribing of minor tranquillizers in general practiceDr. P. J. Tyrer, Mapperley Hospital, Nottingham—Assessment of dependence on Diazepam
The Department is also supporting a five-year programme of research by the general practice research unit at the Institute of Psychiatry. This unit undertakes a wide range of projects related to psychiatric illness in the primary care setting. In addition, the Camberwell psychiatric case register, and associated studies, at the Institute of Psychiatry are supported jointly by this Department and the Medical Research Council.