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Healthcare 2015, 3(1), 162-171; doi:10.3390/healthcare3010162

Nurse Practitioner Mental Health Care in the Primary Context: A Californian Case Study

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School of Health and Human Sciences, Southern Cross University, PO Box 157, Lismore, NSW 2480, Australia
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College of Health, Human Services, and Nursing, California State University Dominguez Hills, 1000 East Victoria Street, Carson, CA 90747, USA
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Academic Editor: Glenda Cook
Received: 19 December 2014 / Accepted: 10 March 2015 / Published: 18 March 2015
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Abstract

In America, mental health needs surpass the availability of specialized providers. This vulnerable population also has other obstacles for comprehensive care including gaps in medical coverage, stigma, economic barriers, and a geographical mal‑distribution of qualified mental health professionals. A wide availability of primary care providers, including primary care and family nurse practitioners, are well-positioned to deliver integrated mental and physical health care. A case study from a Southern California Coachella Valley primary care clinic with integrated services is used to demonstrate the much-needed approach of care to address health disparities that face low‑income immigrants, migrant workers, and others without access to specialized care centers and providers. It is argued that mental health care should be part of all holistic treatment provided by primary care and family nurse practitioners. This has implications for curricula and practice development. View Full-Text
Keywords: primary care nurse practitioner; nurse practitioner curriculum; family nurse practitioner; primary care mental health primary care nurse practitioner; nurse practitioner curriculum; family nurse practitioner; primary care mental health
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Theophilos, T.; Green, R.; Cashin, A. Nurse Practitioner Mental Health Care in the Primary Context: A Californian Case Study. Healthcare 2015, 3, 162-171.

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