Interactive summary cards to use with patients

The World Health Organization has produced summaries of information about the six mental health disorders most common in primary care.

These summary cards are designed to be used interactively in the consultation, to help the practitioner explain key features of the disorder to the patient and enter into discussion about a possible management plan. The first one (see below) deals with alcohol problems.

The full guideline can be downloaded in PDF format from the Royal Society of Medicine's website at

WHO alcohol interactive summary card page 1
WHO alcohol interactive summary card page 2

Reproduced, with kind permission, from the World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Research and Training for Mental Health. WHO Guide to Mental Health in Primary Care. Adapted for the UK, with permission, from Diagnostic and Management Guidelines for Mental Disorders in Primary Care: ICD-10 Chapter V Primary Care Version. London: Royal Society of Medicine Press Limited, 2000.

The five other interactive summary cards cover:

  • Anxiety
  • Chronic tiredness
  • Depression
  • Sleep problems
  • Unexplained somatic complaints

Next month: Anxiety


Guidelines in Practice, January 2002, Volume 5(1)
© 2002 MGP Ltd
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