Rural Models for Integrating Primary Care and Mental Health Services

  • Donna C. Bird
  • David Lambert
  • David Hartley
  • Peter G. Beeson
  • Andrew F. Coburn
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Abstract

This paper presents findings from a study designed to identify and describe models for integrating primary care and mental health services in rural communities. Data were obtained from telephone interviews with staff at rural primary care sites around the country. Findings are based on the responses of 53 primary care organizations in 22 states. The authors identify four integration models—diversification, linkage, referral and enhancement—which appear to exist in combination, rather than as pure types. The proposed analytic framework outlines aspects of integration that are readily amenable to study.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Donna C. Bird
    • 1
  • David Lambert
    • 1
  • David Hartley
    • 2
  • Peter G. Beeson
    • 3
  • Andrew F. Coburn
    • 4
  1. 1.Maine Rural Health Research CenterUSA
  2. 2.Division of Rural HealthMaine Rural Health Research CenterUSA
  3. 3.Strategic and Financial Planning DivisionNebraska Department of Health and Human ServicesUSA
  4. 4.Edmund S. Muskie School of Public ServiceUSA

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