Developing effective child psychiatry collaboration with primary care: leadership and management strategies

Child Adolesc Psychiatr Clin N Am. 2010 Jan;19(1):139-48; table of contents. doi: 10.1016/j.chc.2009.08.004.


By working in collaboration with pediatric primary care providers, child and adolescent psychiatrists have the opportunity to address significant levels of unmet need for the majority of children and teenagers with serious mental health problems who have been unable to gain access to care. Effective collaboration with primary care represents a significant change from practice-as-usual for many child and adolescent psychiatrists. Implementation of progressive levels of collaborative practice, from the improvement of provider communication through the development of comprehensive collaborative systems, may be possible with sustained management efforts and application of process improvement methodology.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adolescent Psychiatry / organization & administration*
  • Child
  • Child Psychiatry / organization & administration*
  • Cooperative Behavior*
  • Delivery of Health Care / organization & administration
  • Humans
  • Interdisciplinary Communication*
  • Leadership*
  • Physician's Role*
  • Primary Health Care / organization & administration*
  • Referral and Consultation / organization & administration
  • United States