Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Back the the Future: Training Primary Care Doctors to Do Mental Health Stuff

Back when I started delving into the issues of how to provide mental health services for my patients,  I invited Larry Wissow, a psychiatrist/pediatrician/genius to come to Worcester and provide us with some technical assistance on how to organize our services.  His focus is on communication, and one of the talks he gave up here has been refined and published on the AAP website
The 15 Minute Mental Health Visit
The AAP Task Force on Mental Health collaborated with the Committee on Psychosocial Aspects of Child and Family Health, Council on Children with Disabilities, Council on Community Pediatrics, Committee on Practice and Ambulatory Medicine, Section on Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, and Bright Futures to provide a Web-based teleconference for primary care pediatricians focused on educating pediatricians on how to approach mental health concerns with parents, children, and adolescents in the primary care setting.

Speakers Larry Wissow, MD, MPH and Anne Gadomski, MD, MPH discuss the "common factors" approach and present video clips of doctors interviewing simulated patients with mental health problems that are common in the pediatric primary care setting. A panel of experts respond to the video clips and assist in answering participant questions.

The 15 Minute Mental Health Visit Recording (Internet Explorer Only)
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The link really does only work on Internet Explorer, which, as a Mac User, I cannot access. So someone will have to tell me if this is any good.  The Mental Health Task Force Education and Training website has a lot of other useful stuff-  you should check it out.

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