Integration is considered an effective way to provide care across the lifespan.  Several of the early models for integration were around treatment of depression in the geriatric population.   At the other end of the continuum, integration is being recommended as an effective means of providing comprehensive care in pediatrics.  Information on specific age-related issues related to integration will is examined in this section.

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Integration Critical to Caring for Elderly With Serious Mental Illness

The number of elderly persons with severe mental illness (i.e., schizophrenia, major recurrent depression, bipolar disorder) is increasing, thereby creating a need to better understand the health care needs of this group of patients. Dr. Hendrie from the Indiana University Center for Aging Research and his colleagues recently published research examining health care utilization, health outcomes, and cost of care among the elderly patients with severe mental illnesses.