Preparing family physicians for the care of patients with severe and persistent mental illness: Examples from two U.S. residency programs

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Abstract

Individuals with severe and persistent mental illness have increased morbidity and mortality and significant barriers to accessing health care. Although primary care providers deliver most health care for this population, residency training programs generally lack specialized training in this area. This article describes the approaches of two family medicine residency programs in addressing this educational gap. Each program collaborated with external organizations to create service models that would enhance patient access, while immersing residents in the care of patients with severe and persistent mental illness. Residents educated in these programs gain experience with an underserved population, practice advanced skills in managing complex medical and psychiatric illness, and increase knowledge from collaborative work in unique care settings. Further implementation of programs like these, and rigorous study of such programs, could have significant benefits for family medicine education and the care of patients with severe and persistent mental illness.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)25-35
Number of pages11
JournalInternational Journal of Psychiatry in Medicine
Volume50
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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Keywords

  • collaborative care
  • family medicine
  • graduate medical education
  • primary care
  • serious and persistent mental illness
  • severe and persistent mental illness
  • SPMI
  • underserved populations

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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