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Health Reform, Research Pave Way for Collaborative Care for Mental Illness

Bridget M. Kuehn, MSJ
JAMA. 2013;309(23):2425-2426. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.6494.
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Wayne Katon, MD, professor of psychiatry at the University of Washington in Seattle, has worked to develop and test models for integrating mental health care into primary care practice for the past 30 years. For much of that time, dissemination of the model moved slowly, but this process has been rapidly accelerated by health reform and growing recognition of the benefits of integrated care.

Katon discussed the future of the model with JAMA.

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Psychiatrist Wayne Katon, MD, who has worked to develop and test models for integrating mental health care into primary care practice, said that health reform is helping to accelerate the dissemination of this approach.

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In the collaborative care model for mental illness, a care manager works with the primary care physician and a psychiatrist to optimize patient outcomes.

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