Findings from A Comparison of Mental Health Services in Primary Care and Outpatient Mental Health Services Academic Article uri icon

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abstract

  • This project used the Colorado Client Assessment Record to compare individuals being seen by mental health teams in primary care with individuals being seen in outpatient services in the same community and to look at the implications for service delivery. While more individuals with a psychotic illness were seen in outpatient settings, many individuals seen in primary care had similar levels of need to those in outpatient clinics. Family physicians were more actively involved in the care of patients being seen in primary care. These findings suggest that a stronger role could be played by primary care in delivering mental health care, while differentiating which populations are best served in which setting.

publication date

  • September 1, 2008