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What is collaborative care?

Collaborative care is an integrated health care model in which physical health and mental health providers partner to manage the treatment of mild to moderate psychiatric disorders and stable severe psychiatric disorders in the primary care setting.

The bulk of research on collaborative care models has focused on the treatment of depression. However, emerging research has found the collaborative care approach to be useful with other diagnoses, and collaborative care experts agree that it can be useful in treating many types of mild to moderate psychiatric disorders or stable severe psychiatric disorders in the primary care setting.

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