Lessons learned from a colocation model using psychiatrists in urban primary care settings

Meredith Weiss, Bruce J. Schwartz

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Objectives: Comorbid psychiatric illness has been identified as a major driver of health care costs. The colocation of psychiatrists in primary care practices has been proposed as a model to improve mental health and medical care as well as a model to reduce health care costs. Methods: Financial models were developed to determine the sustainability of colocation. Results: We found that the population studied had substantial psychiatric and medical burdens, and multiple practice logistical issues were identified. Conclusion: The providers found the experience highly rewarding and colocation was financially sustainable under certain conditions. The colocation model was effective in identifying and treating psychiatric comorbidities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)228-234
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Primary Care and Community Health
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 2013


  • Community health
  • Disease management
  • Managed care
  • Prevention
  • Primary care

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Community and Home Care
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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