Clinical Transformation Must Be Rooted In Patients’ Realities—And The Evidence Base

As clinicians, we witness firsthand the barriers patients face when they need mental health care—barriers with deep roots in our culture and in the systems that dictate how we treat patients and pay for care.

Mental health has long been sidelined from physical health, a problem compounded by the fact that fear can prevent many patients from talking to their primary care doctors about mental health concerns or seeking specialized care.

Ignoring the problem isn’t working—things must change.

To improve care and save lives, Well Being Trust is working with Providence St. Joseph Health, other leading health systems, and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement to take the first steps. We strongly believe that transforming the clinical care system is one important component of improving mental health and stopping the alarming rise in deaths of despair from drug or alcohol misuse or suicide.

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