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Miller CJ, Sullivan JL, Kim B, Elwy AR, Drummond KL, Connolly S, Riendeau RP, Bauer MS. Assessing Collaborative Care in Mental Health Teams: Qualitative Analysis to Guide Future Implementation. Administration and policy in mental health. 2019 Mar 1; 46(2):154-166.
The Collaborative Care Model (CCM) is an evidence-based approach for structuring care for chronic health conditions. Attempts to implement CCM-based care in a given setting depend, however, on the extent to which care in that setting is already aligned with the specific elements of CCM-based care. We therefore interviewed staff from ten outpatient mental health teams in the US Department of Veterans Affairs to determine whether care delivery was consistent or inconsistent with CCM-based care in those settings. We discuss implications of our findings for future attempts to implement CCM-based outpatient mental health care.