Year: 2006 Source: Canadian Family Physician, v.52, (November 2006), p.1443-1449 SIEC No: 20070197

When asked about the last 5 adolescents seen with symptoms of depression or suicidal thoughts, depending on type of practice, 9-19% of Quebec physicians responding to a survey reported rountinely communicating with parents & 22-32% reported not contacting parents. It is concluded collaboration between family physicians & mental health professionals could be improved. The few referrals that are made might mean there are barriers preventing adolescents from receiving the health care they need. The lack of access to mental health services, notably child psychiatrists, reported by most respondents could explain the low rate of referrals. (24 refs.)