Rethinking the mental health treatment skills of primary care staff: A framework for training and research

Jonathan D. Brown, Lawrence S. Wissow

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Abstract

Health care reforms may offer several opportunities to build the mental health treatment capacity of primary care. Capitalizing on these opportunities requires identifying the types of clinical skills that the primary care team requires to deliver mental health care. This paper proposes a framework that describes mental health skills for primary care receptionists, medical assistants, nurses, nurse practitioners, and physicians. These skills are organized on three levels: cross-cutting skills to build therapeutic alliance; broad-based, brief interventions for major clusters of mental health symptoms; and evidence-based interventions for diagnosis specific disorders. This framework is intended to help inform future mental health training in primary care and catalyze research that examines the impact of such training.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)489-502
Number of pages14
JournalAdministration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research
Volume39
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2012
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Mental health
  • Primary care
  • Skills
  • Training

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Phychiatric Mental Health
  • Health Policy
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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