Report

Recommendations

Clinical Practice Guidelines for the Psychosocial Care of Adults with Cancer (National Breast Cancer Centre and National Cancer Control Initiative, 2003)

Clinic-based protocols should be developed to ensure that all patients are screened for clinically significant anxiety and depression.

Achieving the Promise: Transforming Mental Health Care in America (New Freedom Commission on Mental Health, 2003)

Recommendation 4.3 Screen for co-occurring mental and substance-use disorders and link with integrated treatment strategies.

Improving the Quality of Health Care for Mental and Substance-Use Conditions (IOM, 2006)

Recommendation 5-1 To make collaboration and coordination of patients’ mental and substance-use health care services the norm, providers of the services should establish clinically effective linkages within their own organizations and between providers of mental health and substance-use treatment. The necessary communications and interactions should take place with the patient’s knowledge and consent and be fostered by:

  • Routine sharing of information on patients’ problems and pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic treatments among providers of M/SU treatment.

  • Valid, age-appropriate screening of patients for comorbid mental, substance-use, and general medical problems in these clinical settings and reliable monitoring of their progress.

Patient-Centered Care

Achieving the Promise: Transforming Mental Health Care in America (New Freedom Commission on Mental Health, 2003)

Recommendation 2.1 Develop an individualized plan of care for every adult with a serious mental illness and child with a serious emotional disturbance.



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