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The primary care, access, referral and evaluation study
The primary care, access, referral and evaluation (PCARE) study is a pioneering, and to our knowledge, first-of-its-kind study. Building on the extensive literature examining collaborative care models for enhancing mental healthcare among primary care patients,1,–,4 PCARE evaluated a care management intervention for decreasing the medical morbidity and mortality of patients with severe mental illness receiving mental healthcare in a Community Mental Health Center (CMHC).
Extant data underscores the high levels of morbidity and mortality among patients with severe mental illness treated in the public sector.5 Overall, this group of patients die about 25 years earlier compared to the general population, and problems with the quality of medical care appear to be an important contributing factor to this excess morbidity and mortality,5,–,7 highlighting the critical importance of attending to general medical and mental health …
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