A Model of Enhanced Primary Care for Patients with Severe Mental Illness

N C Med J. Jul-Aug 2018;79(4):240-244. doi: 10.18043/ncm.79.4.240.


Life expectancy and other outcomes for patients with serious mental illness (SMI) are unacceptably poor, largely due to a high prevalence of poorly controlled chronic diseases, high rates of tobacco use, and low rates of preventive care services. Since many of these illnesses are effectively treated in primary care settings, integrating primary care with behavioral health care is necessary to narrow health disparities for patients with SMI.

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Mental Disorders / prevention & control*
  • Mental Health Services*
  • Models, Organizational*
  • North Carolina
  • Patient Care Team*
  • Primary Health Care*
  • United States