WHO/Wonca joint report: Integrating mental health into primary care - a global perspective
A response to the need to scale up the integration of mental health into primary care worldwide
Thirty years after the adoption of the Alma Ata Declaration on primary health care, the vision of primary care for mental health has not yet been realized in most countries.
Integrating mental health into primary care: a global perspective reaffirms the urgent importance and advantages of redressing this deficit and integrating mental health into primary care systems around the world. This report also illustrates how this health system transformation can be achieved through detailed descriptions of best practices from around the world. Building on this body of experience, Integrating mental health into primary care: a global perspective identifies 10 common principles for the successful design and implementation of integrated mental health services at primary care level.
With integrated primary care for mental health, the quality of life for hundreds of millions of patients and their families can be improved. This report shows the reader that integration is achievable in all countries, and gives practical recommendations for the way forward.
WHO PRESS RELEASES
Joint WHO/Wonca press release: New report calls for mental health to be better integrated into primary care