Jul 12, 2006
Meeting the General Health Care Needs of Adults with Severe Mental Illnesses
Published in: Health Affairs, v. 25, no. 3, May/June 2006, p. 659-669
Posted on RAND.org on December 31, 2005
Despite their higher burden of chronic general medical disorders, adults with severe mental illnesses have poorer access to and quality of general health care compared to people without mental illnesses. Because a key contributor to this situation is the separation between the mental health care sector (patients' health care home) and the general health care sector, bridges to connect these systems are needed. The authors discuss obstacles to clinical integration and propose strategies to address them.