Tackling Alaska’s mental health service problems means confronting social and economic issues in a very big state.
The mental health workforce in rural areas may get a needed boost from programs such as one underway in New Mexico.
The Institute of Medicine’s report on restructuring financing for graduate medical education elicits strong feedback from organized medicine.
Formal training of primary care physicians to manage mild to moderate mental health problems has been a missing link in collaborative care programs.
Psychiatrists practicing in rural areas will need a complex understanding of military-related issues to treat a growing number of Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans returning to those areas.
Reduced costs, better quality, improved outcomes, and lots of collaboration make telepsychiatry work in rural Idaho.
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