Professional News
Integrated Care: Key Points
Psychiatric News
Volume 46 Number 20 page 11-11

  • Core principles of effective integrated care include a patient-centered care team providing evidence-based treatments for a defined population of patients using a measurement-based "treat-to-target" approach.

  • The role of the psychiatrist in a collaborative-care model is a significant departure from traditional psychiatric care, which focuses on face-to-face evaluations. Moving from traditional office-based practice to being "consultant specialists" who can be effective on a population level will require a new skill set.

  • The first five modules of a training program for psychiatric consultants, developed by the AIMS Center, will be presented at this year's Institute on Psychiatric Services in San Francisco this month.

  • The model of psychiatric practice within a collaborative-care team is not for every psychiatrist, but those who have experienced it say the model offers an escape from the "hamster wheel" of doing 15-minute med checks, while offering the opportunity to educate fellow clinicians and to have an impact on public health at a population level. 11_2.inline-graphic-1.gif

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