Journal article

[Family physicians and psychiatrists' collaborative care for mental health problems].

Charles Bonsack, Decrey Hedi Wick, Philippe Conus

Rev Med Suisse | Published : 2014

Abstract

The burden of disease linked to mental disorders represents more than one-fifth of years lived with disability in the world. Less than half of people suffering from mental disorders are adequately treated. Three quarter of those who receive treatment are followed by primary care. Collaborative care aims to increase the efficiency of direct general practitioner's treatment. Main components are sustainable and individualized consultation-liaison relationship (1/2 day of psychiatrist by 15 days for 10-15 general practitioners), and support of a clinical case manager for complex situations. Collaboration is bidirectional: early or crisis access to specialist care and long-term followup by genera..

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