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Social problems not dealt with

16th October 2007

Research carried out by a team at Lancaster University has found family doctors are not sure where to refer patients affected by social difficulties.

The results come from a survey of five GP practices in London and Salford, in addition to interviews with 57 patients. Patients were found to frequently talk to their GPs about problems related to housing and money. GPs said they were unaware of which local resources were available and often made referrals to counsellors.

The researchers from the Institute for Health Research at Lancaster University said: "there is considerable scope for developing and supporting a more effective role for primary care practitioners in responding to the social causes of health inequalities at the individual level".

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