THE USE OF PSYCHOMETRIC SCALES IN PRIMARY CARE
Early diagnosis is very important for the early treatment of mental disorders. Mental disorders can show themselves as physical symptoms, especially in developing countries. Most of the needs of mentally ill patients can be met by the family physician, so mental care must be included in primary care. As primary care is available for the majority of the population, the use of psychiatric screening tools can be very useful in the early diagnosis of psychiatric disorders. In this article, we shall discuss the place of mental health in primary care, give information about suitable scales and mention their roles in the diagnosis of the mental disorders.