‘PLoS Medicine’ series: Care for mental health and chronic diseases should go hand-in-hand

With chronic diseases and mental health conditions accounting for a significant portion of the worldwide health care burden and often co-occurring, addressing the two concurrently could lead to improved outcomes for both, according to a new report in PLoS Medicine.

The authors, representing preeminent research institutes from around the globe, advocate for a collaborative care model in the primary care setting, arguing that this would provide more effective care for patients, reduce costs and strengthen health care service delivery systems.  

The report, “Grand Challenges: Integrating Mental Health Care into the Non-Communicable Disease Agenda,” is the third article in a five-part series that examines the benefits and obstacles to mental health care integration. It was published online on May 14.

Polaris Health Directions offers two systems in support of addressing mental health and distress among those suffering from a chronic disease: The Polaris Oncology Distress Management System and Polaris CV for cardiac patients. Both systems were developed with funding from the National Institutes of Health and are designed to help providers better deliver comprehensive mind and body care.