Segment 4 - Using Collaborative Care to Improve Mental Health Outcomes

Wayne Katon, MD, describes the collaborative care model being implemented in the state of Washington, which is largely rural outside of Seattle. They are using a team-based approach to improve outcomes of people with mental health disorders who are coming into primary care systems.

Wayne Katon, MD, describes the collaborative care model being implemented in the state of Washington, which is largely rural outside of Seattle. They are using a team-based approach to improve outcomes of people with mental health disorders who are coming into primary care systems.

They are using care managers, who are supervised weekly by psychiatrists, and these care managers provide information for patients and outreach when patients do not come back for visits. The model has doubled the rates of recovery for patients with depression and anxiety, he explained.

“I think we have to move away from the idea that we’re going to train enough psychiatrists or child psychiatrists to treat all people with mental illnesses,” Dr Katon said. “We do need team-based approaches.”