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Title: Shared geriatric mental health care in a rural community
Authors: Sullivan, MP
Parenteau, P
Dolansky, D
Leon, S
Le Clair, JK
Keywords: Rural Primary Care System;Mental Health
Issue Date: 2007
Citation: Canadian Journal of Rural Medicine, 2007, 12 (1), pp. 22 - 29
Abstract: Introduction: A pilot project in shared mental health care was initiated to explore opportunities to increase the capacity of the rural primary care system as a resource for older people with mental health needs. This was done within a framework for the delivery of best practices in geriatric mental health outreach. Methods: Shared-care strategies combining education and clinical consultation between mentor psychiatrists and family physicians were implemented and then evaluated after one year to identify key factors in the success of approaches to shared mental health care for older people in a rural setting. Results: Results provided new insights into shared care between primary care and specialty geriatric mental health services, rural geriatric mental health service delivery, developmental phases in service learning approaches, and building knowledge networks to promote continuing best practices. Conclusion: The results from the project's process evaluation have been integrated into the development of a permanent shared geriatric mental health care service for the rural setting. Preparation for an outcome evaluation that will focus on the impact on patient care has also been initiated.
ISSN: 1203-7796
Appears in Collections:Dept of Life Sciences Research Papers

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