Mental Health Provider Perspectives Regarding Integrated Medical Care for Patients with Serious Mental Illness
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Integrated care for medical conditions is essential for persons with serious mental illness (SMI). This qualitative study describes mental health provider perspectives regarding barriers and facilitators of integrated care for patients with SMI. We interviewed providers from a national sample of Veterans Health Administration facilities that scored in the top or bottom percentile in medical care quality. Providers from high-performing sites reported substantial in-person contacts with general medical providers, while providers from low-performing sites reported stigma and limited communication with medical providers as major concerns. Interventions to improve mental health and medical provider communication may facilitate integrated care for persons with SMI.
KeywordsIntegrated care Serious mental illness Quality of care
This work was supported by the Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration, Health Services Research and Development Service and the National Institute of Mental Health. The views expressed in this article are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the views of the VA.
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