Utilization of child psychiatry consultation embedded in primary care for an urban, latino population

MGH Chelsea HealthCare Center

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Objective. In a novel model of embedded primary care child psychiatry serving an urban Latino population, we examined determinants of successful referral and relationship between clinical need and service intensity. Methods. We conducted a chart review of referred patients from July 2013-March 2015. We used multiple logistic regressions controlling for confounders to identify determinants of successful referral. We examined the relationship between service intensity and clinical need using Poisson regression, adjusting for exposure time, age, sex, ethnicity, and language. Results. Seventy-four percent of patients completed an evaluation. Younger children (p=.0397) and those with a history of therapy (p=.0077) were more likely to make initial contact. The markers of clinical need included PSC-35 Global Scores (p=.0027) and number of psychiatric diagnoses (p=.0178) predicted number of visits. Conclusions. Our findings support early referral to improve engagement, and provide initial evidence that embedded child psychiatry consultation is feasible and may increase access to care.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)637-652
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of health care for the poor and underserved
Issue number2
StatePublished - May 2019


  • Access
  • Child psychiatry
  • Disparity
  • Integrated care
  • Latino
  • Minority
  • Pediatrics
  • Primary care
  • Psychiatry

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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