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Journal of Psychiatric Practice:
doi: 10.1097/01.pra.0000419821.62290.7e
COLUMNS: Psychotherapy

The Dilemma of the Rural Psychiatrist

STEVENS, CYNTHIA B. MD

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Abstract

Rural areas provide unique opportunities and challenges for delivery of psychiatric care. This is especially true for the psychiatrist trained in psychotherapy. As patients become more aware of the risk/benefit profiles of medications, there is a growing demand for psychotherapy services in all parts of this country. This creates particular challenges for rural areas, which also face unique difficulties in recruitment. The author discusses her personal experience as a psychiatrist and psycho- analyst in private practice in an underserved area. Misconceptions and misinformation about practice in rural areas are explored. (Journal of Psychiatric Practice 2012;18:369–372)

© 2012 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.

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