Mental illness is commonly diagnosed and treated in the primary care setting. This article discusses indications for psychiatric consultation and the needs for improving the coordination of care in patients with both psychiatric and medical illnesses. Collaborative care integrating mental health treatment and primary care, and combined training in psychiatry with either internal medicine or family medicine, should be considered and studied. Appropriate psychiatric consultation and coordination of care in the outpatient primary care setting can be a great aid to providers and improve quality and outcomes in patient care. It is important for primary care physicians (PCPs) to be aware of the high prevalence of mental illness in the primary care setting and the high percentage of untreated or undertreated patients. PCPs will continue to provide more of the care for mental illness.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||5|
|State||Published - Jun 2006|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Psychiatry and Mental health