Collaborative care is an emerging healthcare philosophy and movement that encourages health providers to actively work with patients, other medical professionals and people working outside the healthcare sector. In recent years, collaborative care has become a critical component in the treatment of mental and physical health. Primary care centers are key players in this process.
Collaborative care programs are one approach to integration in which primary care providers, acute care providers, psychiatric consultants, and care managagers all work together to provide care and monitor patients’ progress. Research has found that collaborative care can have a very positive effect for a variety of health conditions.
Collaborative care includes:
- Care coordination and care management;
- Regular/proactive monitoring and treatment to target using validated clinical rating scales;
- Regular, systematic psychiatric caseload reviews and consultations for patients who do not show improvements.
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