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Open Access Patient-centered medical home and integrated care in the United States: An opportunity to maximize delivery of primary care

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The reciprocal relationship between mental and physical health is well established. Undiagnosed, untreated, and poorly managed mental health conditions are associated with numerous physical health complications, poor treatment adherence, and decreased quality of life. Despite growing evidence regarding the importance of effectively addressing these conditions in primary care, the rates of identification remain low and follow-up and management by primary care providers has been criticized. The objective of this review was to demonstrate the role of Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) and mental health integration in addressing comprehensive health care needs in primary care patients, and to describe common barriers and facilitators to the implementation of these types of programs.

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Keywords: Patient-centered medical home; behavioral health integration; chronic disease management; health care service delivery; integrated primary care; mental health

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2015-06-01

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  • Family Medicine and Community Health (FMCH) is an open-access journal focusing on subjects that are common and relevant to family medicine/general practice and community health. The journal publishes relevant content across disciplines such as epidemiology, public health, social and preventive medicine, research and evidence based medicine, community health service, patient education and health promotion and health ethics. The journal has a specific focus on the management of chronic illness particularly diabetes, ischaemic heart disease, chronic heart failure, hypertension, bronchial asthma, chronic obstructive airways disease and common mental illness. FMCH is published by Compuscript http://www.compuscript.com on behalf of the Chinese General Practice Press http://www.chinagp.net.

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