Integrated primary health care. Opportunities for psychiatric-mental health nurses in a reforming health care system

J Psychosoc Nurs Ment Health Serv. 1997 Oct;35(10):21-7. doi: 10.3928/0279-3695-19971001-14.


As changes in our health care system evolve, making the transition to greater parity of mental and physical health is paramount to move health care in the direction of prevention and health promotion. Although parity is the goal, the most feasible path to reaching it may lie in relinking mental health to physical health in managed care models of primary health care. This article identifies emerging directions in the mental health field and points to new opportunities for advancing the practice of psychiatric-mental health nurses.

MeSH terms

  • Health Care Reform*
  • Humans
  • Mental Health Services / organization & administration
  • Mental Health Services / standards
  • Nurses*
  • Primary Health Care*
  • Psychiatric Nursing*
  • United States
  • Workforce