Verbal Learning and Transfer of Function in Anxiety

McHugh, Kathleen (2000) Verbal Learning and Transfer of Function in Anxiety. D Clin Psy thesis, University of Glasgow.

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Objective: To evaluate the clinical psychology service provided to South Ayrshire and Arran Trust, to gain an in-depth and accurate analysis of service usage in order to assist future planning and organisation of such a service. Design: Part I involved a casenote review of all patients referred to clinical psychology in year January - December 1997. Part II of the study used a postal questionnaire to survey staff opinions on the service. Setting: Ayr Hospital, South Ayrshire and Arran Trust. Subjects: The casenotes of seventy-eight patients were reviewed for the first part of the study. All potential referrers were surveyed in Part II, including medical consultants & associated specialities, nursing specialists and heads of department of professions allied to medicine. Results: Casenote review revealed the majority of patients are referred for somatoform complaints, although this did not necessarily correspond with the psychologist's diagnosis and formulation following assessment. Questionnaire responses revealed that the majority of referrers were satisfied with the quality of service but dissatisfied with the length of waiting lists and resultant problems in accessing clinical psychology generally. Conclusion: Expansion to the Clinical Psychology service is desirable and this should preferably take the form of dedicated clinical psychology time to specific services, with allocated sessions for indirect work which is currently neglected. The lack of priority attached to such a service, however, means expansion is unlikely to take place in the foreseeable future.

Item Type: Thesis (D Clin Psy)
Qualification Level: Doctoral
Additional Information: Adviser: Paul Flemming
Keywords: Clinical psychology
Date of Award: 2000
Depositing User: Enlighten Team
Unique ID: glathesis:2000-76236
Copyright: Copyright of this thesis is held by the author.
Date Deposited: 19 Dec 2019 09:15
Last Modified: 19 Dec 2019 09:15

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