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Non-Communicable Disease Care And Mental Health Care Should Be Addressed Together

Non-communicable diseases (NCD) and each constitute a huge portion of the worldwide health care burden, and often occur together, so they should be addressed together. These are the conclusions of the third article in a series published in that provides a global perspective on integrating .

Victoria Ngo from the RAND Corporation in California and international colleagues say that models, where NCD care and are integrated and provided in the primary care setting, are effective for patients, strengthen health care service systems, and reduce costs. Implementation of models and scale up of successful models would “be enhanced by tapping local knowledge of social, political, cultural, and health system nuances.”

The authors argue that “collaborative care approaches that integrate services for NCDs and mental health conditions require investments in human resources, services, and additional research.”

The five articles providing a global perspective on integrating mental health are being published weekly in PLOS Medicine beginning 30 April 2013.

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Funding: No funding was received for preparation of the manuscript.
Competing Interests: The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.
Citation: Ngo VK, Rubinstein A, Ganju V, Kanellis P, Loza N, et al. (2013) Grand Challenges: Integrating Mental Health Care into the Non-Communicable Disease Agenda. PLoS Med 10(5): e1001443. doi:10.1371/journal.pmed.1001443
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