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Psychiatr Serv. 2002 Dec;53(12):1569-73.

A research agenda to improve the accessibility and quality of mental health care for Latinos.

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  • Department of Psychology and Psychiatry, University of California-Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1563, USA. lopez@psych.ucla.edu


Given the persistent underutilization of mental health services by Latino persons, the mental health research agenda for this population should be shaped by a single practical issue: how to get quality mental health services to Latino consumers and their families. To address this issue, studies are needed that are longitudinal in design, that assess social factors in Latino communities, and that evaluate new and existing interventions. Collaborative investigations that draw on multidisciplinary perspectives and that are informed by multiple stakeholders (service providers, consumers, and policy makers) will increase the likelihood that such research has an impact on existing services. Moreover, careful planning of dissemination and implementation of research findings will enhance the influence that these findings have. A research agenda focused on questions that can be directly translated into accessible high-quality mental health care is needed to address the mental health needs of the nation's growing Latino communities.

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