Mental health is a core function of primary care. There is however some evidence that primary care may not always deliver optimal care for people with mental health problems. Primary care mental health workers (PCMHWs) may have an important part to play in improving the quality and access to effective mental health services. There has, as yet, been no formal evaluation of the specific role of PCMHW. This paper describes the background to the development of the role of PCMHW and the design of a cluster randomised controlled trial to evaluate their effectiveness.
|Number of pages||7|
|Journal||Primary Care Psychiatry|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Jan 2004|
- primary care
- cluster randomised controlled trial satisf(a)ction
- mental health