Patients with Persistent Physical Symptoms (PPS) may have chronic physical disorders such as diabetes, COPD, Crohn’s, MS and/or ongoing medically unexplained symptoms, and in either case there can be both physical and [psychiatric aetiologies combined. Such co-morbidity tends to be chronic and hard to manage in any healthcare setting and therefore frequent attendance in healthcare settings is present for these patients. We rolled out a primary care based integrated multidisciplinary liaison psychiatry team to 3 CCG areas in Nottinghamshire in October 2019 to see this patient group and have taken patient reported outcome measures from baseline up to 15 months later as part of normal service evaluation.
We show here that there are clinically relevant and statistically significant improvements in depressive symptoms (PHQ-9), anxiety symptoms (GAD-7) and physical symptoms (PHQ-15). The improvements in the EQ-5D-5L shows that in a whole health measure there are significant improvements over all and specifically in the anxiety/depression and usual activity domains.
This is clinically very relevant especially when seen in the context that these results were achieved despite a pandemic affecting the whole population. This model is scalable and integrated providers should look to implement it.