Nurses make accurate mental health diagnoses

Nurses are able to make accurate mental health assessments and diagnoses in various healthcare settings a UK study has found.

Researchers considered 215 patients between the ages of 16 and 75 who were assessed both by
a nurse and psychiatrist in various settings including a primary care centre, cardiac rehabilitation centre and a community mental health clinic.

The nurses used the Global Mental Health Assessment Tool-Primary Care Version, which has been proven to be a valid tool when used by GPs in the past.

The nurses had an 80 per cent agreement rate with psychiatrist's assessments of patients.

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