Pathway of psychiatric care in Hong Kong
WC Chan, PPL Chow, LCW Lam, SF Hung, EFC Cheung, ELW Dunn, RMK Ng, JCK Fu
Department of Psychiatry, The University of Hong Kong
1. Hospital doctors and general practitioners are gatekeepers of the pathway of psychiatric care in Hong Kong.
2. The median duration from problem onset to contact with first carer was 11.0 weeks and to psychiatric service was 42.0 weeks.
3. Gender, level of social support, presenting symptoms, diagnosis, and type of pathway taken influenced the duration to psychiatric service.
4. Understanding these factors facilitates the development of strategies that may shorten the delay in receiving psychiatric service.