Primary care and mental health follow-up among Latinos

Rachel Ishikawa’s excellent paper was recently published online by the journal Psychological Services. Among other findings, Rachel found that the quality of the relationship between primary care providers and their Latino patients was positively associated with intention to follow-up on a mental healthcare treatment recommendation. Moreover, the quality of the relationship mediated the relationship between perceived cultural competence of the provider (by the patient) and intention to follow up on the recommendation. Recent attention to the important role that primary care providers play in the lives of Latinos has raised the possibility that this can be a possible leverage point in addressing/reducing the disparities in mental healthcare utilization. However, Rachel’s findings suggest that training around how to establish strong relationships with patients is important. Nice article, Rachel!

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