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Mental health delivery in primary care: The perspectives of primary care providers

Published:August 19, 2019DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apnu.2019.08.001

      Highlights

      • The study explored perspectives of PCPs (nurse practitioners and physicians) on mental health care delivery in primary care
      • PCP responses suggested lack of emphasis on mental health in primary care settings
      • PCPs acknowledged importance of mental health care delivery, but cited challenges such as limited time

      Abstract

      Purpose

      To explore perspectives of primary care providers (PCPs), including physicians and nurse practitioners (NPs), about delivery of mental health care in primary care settings.

      Methods

      We used a qualitative descriptive designed convenience sample of physicians (N = 12) and NPs (N = 14) through face-to-face interviews in New York State.

      Results

      Three themes emerged: 1) prioritization of patient needs; 2) applicability of mental health care in primary care settings; and 3) physician and NP approaches to mental health care.

      Conclusions

      PCPs recognized importance of addressing patients' mental health care needs and barriers in primary care practices.

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