What Is Necessary to Transform the Quality of Mental Health Care

Published in: Health Affairs, v. 25, no. 3, May/June 2006, p. 681-693

Posted on RAND.org on January 01, 2006

by Kavita Patel, Brittany Butler, Kenneth B. Wells

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Improving the quality of care is a national priority in the United States; however, it is not clear how to accelerate progress for mental health care. The authors recommend advances in three capacities: (1) developing quality improvement resources applicable to a diverse set of mental health disorders, clients, and service settings; (2) improving the infrastructure for providing evidence-based psychotherapy and psychosocial interventions; and (3) promoting innovation in financial incentives for quality improvement in mental health care. The authors also discuss the need to develop leadership among health care stakeholders and community engagement to promote public commitment to high-quality care in mental health.

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