From Silos to Bridges
Jan 1, 2006
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Adults with severe mental disorders suffer from higher-than-average rates of chronic conditions, such as hypertension and diabetes. Yet this population has less access to treatment and receives poorer quality of care than adults without mental illness. A team of analysts from the University of Pittsburgh and RAND outlined a framework and identified specific steps to improve general health care for this group. The team concluded that a key contributor to this problem is disconnection between the mental health care sector, which provides most of the care for the severely mentally ill, and the general health care sector. To address this problem, the analysts made a number of recommendations aimed at improving the level of clinical integration between these sectors, outlined in the following steps:
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