Importance of a Solid Collaborative Care Team in Primary Care Clinics - Part 1
Macaran (Mac) Baird, MD, MS, professor and head of the University of Minnesota Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, knows first-hand about the importance of a solid collaborative care team. He describes how once providers have experienced the benefits of integrated services, they recognize that they can provide better treatment to their patients if they work with other team members who have skills and expertise beyond their own. Furthermore, once patients are made aware of integrated services that exist in their clinic, they understand that by working with a mental health teammate, their PCP can be a better provider. In integrated primary care clinics, patients almost always agree to allow a mental health provider to assist in their treatment.