An impressive new benefit of collaborative care for depression has been identified that can slash the risk of fatal and nonfatal heart attacks and strokes in older individuals without preexisting heart disease.
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Collaborative care presents new opportunities for psychiatrists to contribute to the evolving health care system. Curricula that teach psychiatric residents how to work effectively with primary care providers, like the one being developed by the authors of this column, will help us build a new behavioral health workforce ready to care for the millions of people with common mental disorders who have limited access to mental health specialists.
Amy Bauer, M.D., M.S., shares her thoughts as an early-career psychiatrist who has worked in several integrated care settings, noting her appreciation for the diversity of her clients.
American Psychiatric Association president Jeffrey A. Lieberman, MD, talks about Collaborative Care as a solution for the psychiatrist shortage in the context of the Affordable Care Act.
Wayne Katon, an early innovator of Collaborative Care, shares his perspective on 30 years of work in the field.
Jürgen Unützer's inaugural column, "Psychiatry and Integrated Care," talks about the need for reaching more people with common mental health conditions in primary care settings and how the Collaborative Care model can help.
Jeffrey Lieberman, President of the APA, strongly endorses Collaborative Care as the future of psychiatry in a column co-written with Jürgen Unützer.
Anna Ratzliff is interviewed about the teaching components inherent in Collaborative Care for a psychiatrist as well as her work training residents and established practicing psychiatrists in the role of a psychiatric consultant.
Providers take integrated approach, with patient numbers set to jump under new law and psychiatrists in short supply. Includes quotes from Drs. Unutzer, Ratzliff, and Katon.