CAMH PARTNERs Project
CAMH PARTNERs is a three-year research project using an integrated care model of telephone-based management to support primary care providers in providing mental health services to patients with depression, anxiety, and at-risk drinking. This is a randomized clinical trial partnering with Primary Care Teams in Ontario to enroll 1000 participants.
PARTNERs is generously supported by Bell Let's Talk.
The Study Process
Primary care providers will refer patients with depression, anxiety, or at-risk drinking that may benefit from the project. Once the referral is received, participants will be contacted by phone and receive information about the project. If the participant is interested, they will provide informed consent over the telephone. Next, the participant will be scheduled to complete a baseline assessment. Results from the baseline assessment will be shared with the primary care provider. The participant will continue to be monitored for the next 12 months and complete additional telephone assessments.
What is Integrated Care?
Integrated care is a model where mental health and primary care providers collaborate in a systematic manner to meet the health needs of patients. It is based on the following principles:
· Patient-centered care
· Measurement-based treatment
· Evidence-based care
· Partnership with patients and families
Why Integrated Care?
Depression, anxiety, and at-risk drinking are among the most common health problems seen in the primary care settings. Most patients want to receive their mental health treatment in primary care because of the convenience, reduced stigma, and the existing provider-patient relationship. Integrated care supports the primary care provider in implementing evidence-based practices. Research has demonstrated that integrated care leads to better health outcomes: improved identification of prevalent mental health conditions, decreased depression levels, improved clinical and functional outcomes, and lower rates of psychiatric hospitalization.