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Adm Policy Ment Health. 2008 Jul;35(4):305-18. doi: 10.1007/s10488-008-0178-7. Epub 2008 Jun 10.

A common factors approach to improving the mental health capacity of pediatric primary care.

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Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, Baltimore, MD, USA. lwissow@jhsph.edu

Abstract

To expand the mental health service capacity of pediatric primary care, we ask whether there are evidence-based skills to allow providers to 1) immediately begin treatment for children with emotional and behavioral problems while diagnostic procedures are being pursued, and 2) offer evidence-based care to children who do not meet criteria for a specific diagnosis. We discuss why the epidemiology of child mental health problems poses difficulties for disorder-specific mental health interventions, and review evidence that "common factors" contributing to the outcome of mental health treatments define a core set of skills that primary care providers might use to complement disorder-specific interventions.

PMID:
18543097
PMCID:
PMC4002282
DOI:
10.1007/s10488-008-0178-7
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