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Integrated care

What is integrated care?

Integrated care refers to the association of multiple treatment paradigms to produce a single unified program. The idea is to deliver seamless care to the patient to ensure high treatment continuity and improve patient satisfaction. Integrated programs typically involve multi-element psychosocial therapies for mental illness. For example, integrated psychological therapy involves a combination of cognitive training, social skills training, problem-solving training and cognitive remediation. Integrated care can also refer to the formal liaison of typically distinct services such as medical practitioners and dedicated mental health teams, or the incorporation of mental health and substance use treatments into a single program.

What is the evidence for integrated treatment programs?

High quality evidence suggests integrated psychological therapy provides benefit for symptoms, global state, functioning and cognition over standard care. Moderate to low quality evidence suggests integrated psychological therapy provides benefit regardless of treatment settings or assessment format, and is most effective for patients with stabilised symptoms rather than acute symptoms. Moderate to low quality evidence suggests benefit of integrated medical and mental health care for improving health outcomes and treatment needs, increasing contact with services, and improving patient satisfaction.

 

June 2016

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