Mental health and NCDs

Non-communicable diseases (NCD) and mental disorders each constitute a huge portion of the worldwide health care burden, and often occur together, so they should be addressed together. These are the conclusions of the third article in a series published in PLOS Medicine that provides a global perspective on integrating mental health.

Victoria Ngo from the RAND Corporation in California and international colleagues say that collaborative care models, where NCD care and are integrated and provided in the primary care setting, are effective for patients, strengthen health care service systems, and reduce costs. Implementation of collaborative care models and scale up of successful models would "be enhanced by tapping local knowledge of social, political, cultural, and health system nuances."

The authors argue that " approaches that integrate services for NCDs and require investments in human resources, services, and additional research."

The five articles providing a global perspective on integrating mental health will be published weekly in PLOS Medicine beginning 30 April 2013.

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More information: Ngo VK, Rubinstein A, Ganju V, Kanellis P, Loza N, et al. (2013) Grand Challenges: Integrating Mental Health Care into the Non-Communicable Disease Agenda. PLoS Med 10(5): e1001443. doi:10.1371/journal.pmed.1001443
Journal information: PLoS Medicine

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