Family physicians are essential for mental health care delivery

Imam M. Xierali, Sebastian T. Tong, Stephen M. Petterson, James C. Puffer, Robert L. Phillips, Andrew W. Bazemore

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As the largest and most widely distributed of primary care physicians, family physicians have an important role in providing mental health care, especially in rural and underserved areas. However, the proportion of family physicians who report providing mental health care is low. Policy barriers such as payment for mental health services should be explored to ensure access to mental health care for patients across the urban to rural continuum.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)114-115
Number of pages2
JournalJournal of the American Board of Family Medicine
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 1 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Family physicians
  • Mental health care
  • Policy barriers
  • Psychiatrists
  • Rural

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Family Practice


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