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Trigger points for a GP referral to a psychologist

  • New or recent diagnosis and indications of difficulty adjusting to diagnosis (including no change in behaviour or mood)
  • Poor adherence to self-management strategies
  • Low mood, elevated levels of anxiety and/or previous history of mental health condition
  • Changes in social or occupational functioning
  • Poor stress management
  • Difficulty in accepting and integrating changes in self-concept or body image

Trigger points for a psychologist referral to a GP

  • Ongoing poor chronic condition self-management
  • Deteriorations in physical health and functioning
  • Extended time between medical reviews
  • Increasing symptom severity

Potential treatment by a psychologist

  • Biopsychosocial assessment to precede intervention
  • Education to ensure accurate knowledge and understanding of osteoarthritis symptoms and short/long term consequences
  • Facilitation of behaviour changes in diet, exercise, adherence to prescribed medication to minimise or slow the rate of symptom deterioration
  • Cognitive and behavioural stress management strategies including relaxation strategies
  • Evidence-based treatment for psychological disorders such as mood, anxiety and eating disorders
  • Assertiveness and problem solving training
  • Enhancing social support and relationship counselling
  • Psychosocial support for partners and carers
  • Assist patient with pain management strategies
  • Assist patient to adjust to declining mobility and overall functioning