The collaborative model of mental health care for older Iowans

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Peer Reviewed


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Res Gerontol Nurs

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Research in gerontological nursing

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Collaborative models of mental health care, such as Improving Mood-Promoting Access to Collaborative Treatment (IMPACT) and Primary Care Research in Substance Abuse and Mental Health for the Elderly (PRISM-E), have become a standard, evidence-based approach in providing care to older adults with depression. This article describes the development, evaluation, and sustainability plans for a new model, the Collaborative Model of Mental Health Care for Older Iowans (the Iowa Model). The Iowa Model reflects a state-of-the-art approach relative to existing collaborative models targeting older adults. This model allows for a greater range of mental health problems to be identified and treated, facilitates flexibility in staffing and other site-specific operations, requires formal diagnostic assessments, and supports a treatment plan that goes well beyond symptom-specific, time-limited approaches. Importantly, the Iowa Model features an implementation strategy that focuses on the administrative and financing operations needed to ensure successful development.


Aged, Cooperative Behavior, Depression/diagnosis/epidemiology/therapy, Geriatric Assessment, Humans, Iowa/epidemiology, Mass Screening, Models, Psychological, Pilot Projects, Program Development, Program Evaluation, Psychiatric Status Rating Scales, Psychological Tests, Quality of Health Care, Referral and Consultation

Published Article/Book Citation

The definitive version was published in Research in gerontological nursing, 3:3 (2010) pp.200-208. DOI:10.3928/19404921-20100603-99;.

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