Innovations in Practice: Child and adolescent psychiatrists and primary care – innovative models of consultation in the United States
Article first published online: 17 JAN 2012
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Child and Adolescent Mental Health
Volume 17, Issue 4, pages 252–255, November 2012
How to Cite
Gabel, S. (2012), Innovations in Practice: Child and adolescent psychiatrists and primary care – innovative models of consultation in the United States. Child and Adolescent Mental Health, 17: 252–255. doi: 10.1111/j.1475-3588.2011.00645.x
- Issue published online: 17 OCT 2012
- Article first published online: 17 JAN 2012
- Accepted for publication: 12 October 2011
- Mental health;
- primary care;
- integration of mental health and primary care
Background: There is a severe shortage of child and adolescent psychiatrists (CAPs) in the United States, an increasingly recognized high prevalence of mental disorders in young people, and widely supported goals to provide more mental health services in the primary care setting.
Method: A number of innovative, state-wide or more local, publically funded programs have been developed in the United States over the last several years to respond to these challenges and to provide CAP consultation to primary care physicians (PCPs) who wish to address the mental health disorders of their patients in the primary care setting.
Results: A number of these programs and their approaches to consultation are described. An example of a clinical scenario that might be addressed using this model of CAP/PCP collaboration is offered.
Conclusions: An innovative model of consultation to PCPs from CAPs appears able to facilitate the treatment of many young people with mental health disorders in the primary care setting.