In the News

June 30, 2015
Psychiatric News

Lydia Chwastiak, MD, MPH and Benjamin Druss, MD, MPH outline oppotunities for psychiatrists to use the core principles of Collaborative Care to improve the lives of patients living with severe mental illness. Using a population-based approach to managing medical problems is just one of the principles that Drs. Chwastiak and Druss highlight to ensure that patients with comorbid conditions receive adequate and timely follow-up care. 

August 24, 2015
Health Sciences NewsBeat

John Fortney, PhD is leading the largest clinical trial involving rural Americans with a psychiatric disorder. It will examine how best to treat complex mental health conditions, such as bipolar disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder, in primary care clinics. The study will compare two models of delivering mental health care to patients living in rural areas and plans to enroll 1,000 patients throughout 15 federally qualified health centers in three states. 

July 29, 2015
Psychiatric News

Vikram Patel, PhD, a leading expert in global mental health, gives a global perspective on integrated mental health care. Looking at integrated mental health practices around the world, Dr. Patel discusses ways to reduce the treatment gap for mental health conditions in the United States.

June 6, 2015
Yakima Herald

In the rural town of Yakima, WA, there will only be one private-practice psychiatrist by mid-July due to recent retirements. This article describes the solutions that can address the lack of psychiatrists. One solution is telepsychiatry. Telepsychiatry removes the access barrier to mental health care in rural areas and helps more people get the mental health care they need. The article also discusses Collaborative Care as another viable solution to the shortage of psychiatrists in Yakima. 

May 11, 2015
Psychiatric News

Anna Ratzliff, MD, PhD discusses the reasons why it is valuable for psychiatrists, new and old, to learn about Collaborative Care. She names the most compelling reason for psychiatrists to learn about this model of care as the professional commitment to patients because Collaborative Care is a patient-centered, population-based approach that can reach a large number of people. 

May 2015
AJMC: Managed Markets Network

According to a panel of experts convened by The American Journal of Managed Care, including Wayne Katon, the Affordable Care Act has significantly increased attention to team-based approaches to mental health care and the costs associated with comorbid mental illness and chronic conditions, such as diabetes and hypertension.

April 2015
UW Health Sciences NewsBeat

Providing effective depression care in rural areas is extremely challenging given the lack of resources, high rates of poverty, prevalence of uninsured patients, and lack of mental health professionals. The Social Innovation Fund is helping primary care community clinics deliver better mental health care to approximately 8,000 adults by funding implementation of the Collaborative Care model in rural areas of the western United States.

April 2015
U.S. Medicine: The Voice of Federal Medicine

US Medicine discusses a recent research publication in JAMA PsychiatryJohn Fortney, Associate Director of Research at the UW AIMS Center, and colleagues examined a telemedicine-based Collaborative Care model for PTSD compared to usual care for rural veterans. As 41% of veterans live in rural areas, travel distance and stigma often reduce access and adherence to PTSD treatment.

April 8, 2015
Psychiatric News

Jürgen Unützer pays tribute to his friend and colleague, Wayne Katon, MD, who passed away on March 1, 2015. He describes Wayne as a "generous mentor, wonderful colleague, and truly great human being," and details his impact on the field of psychiatry. 

April 6, 2015
Health IT Outcomes

Health IT Outcomes discusses the Children's ADHD Telemental Heath Treatment Study (CATTS), recently published in the Journal of American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, that demonstrated the effectiveness of a telehealth service model to treat ADHD in communities with limited access to specialty mental health services. The AIMS Center developed and customized the software system (CMTS) used in the research study, whic