In this Seattle Times editorial piece, Jürgen Unützer, MD, MPH, sheds light on some of the issues troubling mental health care today and discusses integration of Collaborative Care as a solution.
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Implementing Collaborative Care in primary care has been shown to improve patient outcomes. This study looks at the DIAMOND initiative and highlights essential elements that make a Collaborative Care implementation effective. Some broad important implementation factors were: leadership, care management, physician engagement and financial issues.
There is now a variety of well-established educational experiences in integrated care within psychiatry residencies. This article proposes core competencies to be taught and highlight rotations and educational methods in five different programs, which provide experience in different models of integrated care, as a psychiatric consultant, overseeing population-based mental health care, and delivering medical care for psychiatric patients. The authors present examples of programs educating psychiatry residents to work in integrated healthcare settings.
Depression is a common and extremely undertreated condition in adolescents. In numerous studies it has been shown that Collaborative Care can significantly improve depression symptoms in adults, but only a handful of studies have been done to look at the effect of Collaborative Care on adolescent depression. The objective of this study was to determine if a Collaborative Care intervention for treating adolescent depression showed more significant improvement than usual care.
The newest issue of the National Council Magazine, published by the National Council for Behavioral Health, takes a look at integrated care and population health. On page 49, Marc Avery, MD, AIMS Center's Associate Director for Clinical Services, focuses on five key lessons that have been learned when implementing integrated healthcare.
Marc Avery, MD discusses the benefits of Shared Decision Making (SDM) in healthcare practices. SDM is a process that allows a patient to give input and and assist with decision making regarding their care plan, essentially becoming partners with their physicians.
Drs. Wayne Katon and Susan Reed talk about their recently completed study that tested a collaborative depression care model in OB/GYN settings called Depression Attention for Women Now (DAWN). The women in the study who received collaborative depression care showed significant improvements in their depression symptoms and reported a high level of satisfaction with their care.
This recently published literature review examines how the effective delivery of health information technologies (HIT), such as mobile health (mHealth), in integrated care models improve chronic disease care in patients and support clinical processes. The authors discuss the capabilities of HIT as they relate to the five principles of Collaborative Care.
Jürgen Unützer, M.D., M.P.H., uses a recent case study to reflect on the reasons why Collaborative Care implementations are not always successful. He explains ways to overcome the common problems that many clinics face when implementing Collaborative Care into primary care clinics.
This article examines the benefits of integrated care to primary care providers and patients including getting patients back to work sooner, treatment compliance, lowering costs, and reducing physician burnout. Collaborative Care is highlighted as an effective model of integrated care.