Internationally, healthcare leaders understand the importance of integrating primary and behavioral healthcare in order to improve health outcomes, patient satisfaction, and cost effectiveness of care. In fact, the World Health Organization includes integration as one if its fundamental healthcare recommendations. CIHS aims to share the most valuable information related to integration, including efforts in other countries.
Primary Care Partnerships Integrated Health Promotion 2011 Report draws on findings from an evaluation conducted in 2008 on the impact of the Primary Care Partnerships Integrated Health Promotion strategy in Victoria, Australia. Case studies have been included to demonstrate the range of health promotion programs and activities led by Primary Care Partnerships, and the breadth of work that can be undertaken when organizations work in partnership.
Integrated Mental Health Services into Primary Health Care is a factsheet developed by the World Health Organization that explains integrated care, details its benefits, and offers recommendations.
The Evaluation of New Zealand’s 26 Primary Mental Health Initiatives provides a 2-year evaluation of New Zealand’s Ministry of Health-funded Primary Mental Health Initiatives. Until the introduction of the Primary Mental Health Initiatives there had been no central funding designated for primary mental health care, with this kind of activity limited to a small number of projects. As a result, the Ministry recognized that particular attention should be given to the development of primary mental health services countrywide.
Te Pou in New Zealand developed a series of documents that discuss ways to tailor treatment and develop therapeutic relationships with Maori and Pacifica people.
The Let’s Get Real is a framework that describes the essential knowledge, skills, and attitudes required to deliver effective mental health and addiction treatment services for Maori and Pacific people.
The New Zealand Ministry of Health’s primary mental health and addiction website offers a database of the country’s primary mental health projects.
The National Depression Initiative includes an e-therapy tool, ‘The Journal,’ an example of behavioral health services available in primary care in New Zealand.
The Evolution of Collaborative Mental Health Care in Canada: A Shared Vision for the Future is a position paper developed by the Canadian Psychiatric Association and the College of Family Physicians of Canada Collaborative Working Group on Shared Mental Health that recommends steps to help behavioral health and primary care providers work together to advance a shared agenda, better meet the needs of populations and communities that traditionally have difficulty gaining access to the care they require, prepare future practitioners for a more responsive and person-centered style of practice, and influence the evolution of healthcare delivery in Canada.
Canadian Health Services Research Foundation: Picking up the Pace is a document for Canadian primary care providers and stakeholders that encourages innovation to meet the needs of the nation’s health needs.
RCPsych’s Primary Care Mental Health Forum in the United Kingdom is a collaboration hosted jointly between the Royal College of Psychiatrists and the Royal College of General Practitioners that aims to: guide and promote good practice in behavioral healthcare across generalist and specialist services; influence and support the work of practitioners at every level of service and in particular those at the fronting of service delivery; act as an expert resource to organizations interested in mental health; build and support collaborative ventures between organizations; influence national policy and strategy collaborate with service user and care organizations to improve patients’ experiences; and influence and support research, audit, and quality improvement initiatives.