Ethical Imperatives for Participation in Integrated/Collaborative Care Models for Pediatric Mental Health Care

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Medicine; Psychiatry

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Article, Peer-reviewed

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The significant and ongoing shortage of child and adolescent psychiatrists has limited access to mental health care in the pediatric population. In response to this problem, integrated/collaborative care models have been established. These models, as all imperfect things in medicine, have their own set of challenges. A careful ethical analysis of integrated/collaborative care models is essential to protect the social and emotional health and safety of children with mental illness. To this end, ethical assessment supports the use of integrated/collaborative care models, and recent studies have demonstrated the benefits of their implementation.

Keywords: Behavioral health; Collaborative care; Ethics; Integrated care; Mental health; Pediatric.