A new study published in Health Affairs collected data on depression outcomes from 135 primary care clinics with Collaborative Care programs. This study is the largest survey of Collaborative Care programs to date, and shows that clinics receiving ongoing implementation support, such as coaching from the AIMS Center, are almost twice as likely to achieve better depression outcomes.
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The COVID-19 pandemic poses unique (and reinforces long-standing) barriers to mental health access; yet, the demand for mental health services continues to increase. The Collaborative Care model (CoCM) offers a way to more efficiently leverage mental health expertise over broader service areas and patient populations, while utilizing the clinical reach and established telemedicine programs in primary care settings. This article published in JAMA Psychiatry further outlines the needs for and benefits of CoCM in the COVID-19 era.
Collaborative Care (CoCM) shown to achieve comparable or better depression outcomes in rural clinics that treat low-income patients.
Read more on the proven effectiveness of Collaborative Care in rural primary clinics serving primarily AI/AN patients.
Poll suggests increased need for mental health services, experts recommend CoCM
Behavioral health conditions are expected to increase and worsen as a result of COVID-19. According to a survey conducted by the American Psychiatric Association, 36% of respondents said that COVID-19 is "seriously affecting their mental health" and most (59%) said it's having a serious impact on their daily life (1). Primary care is likely to see many of these patients.
After training with the AIMS Center, Columbia County Health System in Dayton, WA has built a robust behavioral health program that makes resourceful use of telepsychiatry. Read more about the care model and barriers to behavioral health access in rural communities.
AIMS Co-Director Dr. Anna Ratzliff is quoted on the importance of treating opioid use disorder and mental health issues concurrently.
With the help of implementation coaching from the AIMS Center, Morris Hospital successfully launched a collaborative care program. Dr. Jennifer Thomas, family medicine physician, discusses the positive impact for both patients and primary care providers.
The MN Health Collaborative published a call to action introducing an agnostic framework to guide implementation of integrated behavioral health. Core principles of collaborative care are adopted and recommended in this state-wide call for behavioral health integration.