The role of ANP (Advanced Nurse Practitioner), behavioral/mental health care, primary care, and communication remains to be an important concept for consideration. Various researchers offer their ideas on how to integrate these issues and achieve the benefits that are crucial in a health care system. The quality of care offered to patients has considerably improved during the last several decades, and people need to know how and why such success has been achieved to make the necessary improvements to a particular health care management system.
The current article describes a “Collocated Collaborative Care” program offered by the Mental Health Care Clinic in White River Junction, Vermont. This program makes it possible to provide more than 75% of its patients with the required primary care and conserve “scare specialty services for the most complex patients” (Pomerantz, Shiner, Watts, Detzer, Kutter, Street, Scott, 2010, p. 114). It is necessary to define the details of this program and think about the best ways of how the same program can be implemented in different medical institutions.
There are a therapist and an ANP, who take control of all care management and health psychology activities in the clinic. With the help of specially developed technologies, the staff promotes a streamlined assessment of the patients and combines different aspects of integrated care within the frames in which enhanced communication plays an important role. Employees also implement special psychological interventions to enhance healthy behavior among patients and define primary care as one of the main methods to clarify the peculiarities of each patient’s health conditions (Pomerantz et al., 2010).
It is found that each health care system is unique with its own strong and weak points. Therefore, when the time to use the offered program comes, the staff has to investigate each patient separately to make sure the program is appropriate.
Pomerantz, A.S., Shiner, B., Watts, B.V., Detzer, M.J., Kutter, C., Street, B., & Scott, D. (2010). The white river model of collocated collaborative care: A platform for mental and behavioral health care in the medical home. Families, Systems, & Health, 2892), 114-129.