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Med Clin North Am. 2010 Nov;94(6):1075-88. doi: 10.1016/j.mcna.2010.08.001.

An approach to collaborative care and consultation: interviewing, cultural competence, and enhancing rapport and adherence.

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Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School, 25 Shattuck Street, Boston, MA 02115, USA.


Although changes in the US health care system promote a population-based approach, increases in population diversity emphasize the need for culturally competent, patient-centered, participatory care. Despite this perceived conflict, the global view has improved the recognition of mental health issues as a driver of overall health as well as health care spending. This recognition, along with the many forces that keep mental health care in the primary care sector, actually encourages the development of collaborative models that capitalize on the primary care provider's opportunity to leverage their rapport with the patient to improve access to, and comfort with, specialty mental health services. Engaging patients in their own path to recovery or well-being improves engagement in, and adherence to, the treatment plan and ultimately improves outcomes.

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