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Biol Psychiatry. 2001 Jun 15;49(12):1111-20.

Affective disorders in children and adolescents: addressing unmet need in primary care settings.

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Department of Psychiatry, University of California, Los Angeles, California 90024-6505, USA.


Affective disorders are common among children and adolescents but may often remain untreated. Primary care providers could help fill this gap because most children have primary care. Yet rates of detection and treatment for mental disorders generally are low in general health settings, owing to multiple child and family, clinician, practice, and healthcare system factors. Potential solutions may involve 1) more systematic implementation of programs that offer coverage for uninsured children; 2) tougher parity laws that offer equity in defined benefits and application of managed care strategies across physical and mental disorders; and 3) widespread implementation of quality improvement programs within primary care settings that enhance specialty/primary care collaboration, support use of care managers to coordinate care, and provide clinician training in clinically and developmentally appropriate principles of care for affective disorders. Research is needed to support development of these solutions and evaluation of their impacts.

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