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Integrating mental health services within primary care settings: the hamilton family health team.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  21415615     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
For 16 years, the Hamilton Family Health Team Mental Health Program has successfully integrated mental health counselors, addiction specialists, child mental health professionals, and psychiatrists into 81 offices of 150 family physicians in Hamilton, Ontario. Maximising the potential of a "shared care" model requires changes within the primary care setting, to support the addition of mental health and addiction professionals, active involvement of primary care staff in managing mental health problems of patients, and collaborative practice. This coordinated effort allow mental health treatment through onsite support from a mental health team and supplants the need to refer most patients to the mental health setting. This article reviews the evolution of the program and the changes made by practices with key lessons learnt.
Nick Kates; Catherine McPherson-Doe; Lindsey George
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Journal of ambulatory care management     Volume:  34     ISSN:  1550-3267     ISO Abbreviation:  J Ambul Care Manage     Publication Date:    2011 Apr-Jun
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-03-18     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7802876     Medline TA:  J Ambul Care Manage     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  174-82     Citation Subset:  H    
Author Affiliations: Hamilton Family Health team (Drs Kates and George, Ms McPherson-Doe); Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences, McMaster University (Drs Kates and George), Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.
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