TABLE 9-7Recommendations for Institutions of Higher Education

Overarching Recommendation 1. Health care for general, mental, and substance-use problems and illnesses must be delivered with an understanding of the inherent interactions between the mind/brain and the rest of the body. Rule 5. Evidence-based decision making—Patients should receive care based on the best available scientific knowledge. Care should not vary illogically from clinician to clinician or from place to place.
Rule 8. Anticipation of needs—The health system should anticipate patient needs, rather than simply reacting to events.
Recommendation 7-1. (Facilitating and assisting the work of the) … Council on the Mental and Substance Use Health Care Workforce as a public–private partnership… All six aims and ten rules.
Recommendation 7-4. To facilitate the development and implementation of core competencies across all M/SU disciplines, institutions of higher education should place much greater emphasis on interdisciplinary didactic and experiential learning and should bring together faculty and trainees from their various education programs. All six aims and ten rules, but especially rule 10, Cooperation among clinicians—Clinicians and institutions should actively collaborate and communicate to ensure an appropriate exchange of information and coordination of care.

From: 9, An Agenda for Change

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Improving the Quality of Health Care for Mental and Substance-Use Conditions: Quality Chasm Series.
Institute of Medicine (US) Committee on Crossing the Quality Chasm: Adaptation to Mental Health and Addictive Disorders.
Washington (DC): National Academies Press (US); 2006.
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