Importance of a Solid Collaborative Care Team in Primary Care Clinics - Part 1

Former NIAC member, Macaran (Mac) Baird, M.D., M.S., knows firsthand about the importance of a solid collaborative care team. He describes how, after experiencing the benefits of integrated services, providers recognize that they can better treat their patients by working with team members who have other skills and expertise. Furthermore, once patients know their clinic offers integrated services, they understand that by working with a mental health teammate, their primary care clinician 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.