What Administrators Should Know About the Primary Care Setting

  • Larry C. JamesEmail author

What does the health care manager need to know about the primary care integration model and the primary care (PC) setting? However, the a priori question and knowledge for the health care managers should be the fact that the mental health care system in the United States is costly, ineffective, out of date, does not employ modern technology, and, above all else, is broken (James & Folen, 2004; Richardson & Corrigan, 2002; Cummings, Cummings, & Johnson, 1997; Strosahl, 1994). These authors clearly cite how the traditional mental health system has failed its patients and the referral providers. In fact, most Americans receive their mental health care from their primary care physician rather than a psychologist or psychiatrist (Narrow, Reiger, Rae, Manderscheid, & Locke, 1993). In fact, 67% of all psychotropic medications are prescribed by primary care providers, 90% of the top ten common medical complaints in primary care have no organic or medical basis, and 70% of all primary care...


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychologyTripler Army Medical CenterMililaniUSA

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