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Call for papers - Mental health in primary care

Guest Editors:
Marisa Sklar: IN STEP Children’s Mental Health Research Center, UC San Diego ACTRI Dissemination and Implementation Science Center (DISC), Child & Adolescent Services Research Center (CASRC), University of California San Diego, San Diego, United States
Courtney Benjamin Wolk: Penn Center for Mental Health in the Department of Psychiatry, Mental Health Implementation Research at the Penn Implementation Science Center, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, United States

Submission Status: Open   |   Submission Deadline: 17 April 2024 
 

BMC Primary Care is calling for submissions to our Collection on Mental health in primary care. This Collection aims to explore the multifaceted aspects of mental health within primary care settings and provide insights into effective strategies for improving mental health outcomes.



New Content ItemThis collection supports and amplifies research related to SDG 3: Good Health and Well-Being and SDG 10: Reduced Inequalities.

Meet the Guest Editors

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Marisa Sklar: IN STEP Children’s Mental Health Research Center, UC San Diego ACTRI Dissemination and Implementation Science Center (DISC), Child & Adolescent Services Research Center (CASRC), University of California San Diego, San Diego, United States

Marisa Sklar is an Assistant Professor, licensed clinical psychologist, and experienced program evaluator at UC San Diego in the Department of Psychiatry. She has received funding through NIH, NIDA, NINR, NIMH, AHRQ, and VA HSRD, and has led multiple evaluation contracts, to use mixed quantitative and qualitative methodologies to assess the impacts of multiple healthcare models and systems on patient, provider, organization, and system-level outcomes. Her research and evaluation work has explored ways in which integrated primary care settings can prioritize evidence-based practices, and mental health recovery, particularly through the alignment of leadership across levels of an organization or service-system.
 

Courtney Benjamin Wolk: Penn Center for Mental Health in the Department of Psychiatry, Mental Health Implementation Research at the Penn Implementation Science Center, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, United States

Courtney Benjamin Wolk is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, the Associate Director of the Penn Center for Mental Health in the Department of Psychiatry, and the Director of Mental Health Implementation Research at the Penn Implementation Science Center. She is a licensed clinical psychologist and an implementation scientist. The long-term goal of her research is to develop and evaluate strategies to promote the uptake of evidence-based care into routine practice, with the ultimate goal of improving the effectiveness of mental health services for children and adults in non-specialty mental health settings.

About the collection

BMC Primary Care is calling for submissions to our Collection on Mental health in primary care. 

This Collection aims to explore the multifaceted aspects of mental health within primary care settings and provide insights into effective strategies for improving mental health outcomes.

Mental health is a critical component of well-being, and its impact on individuals, families, and communities cannot be underestimated. Primary care plays a crucial role in addressing mental health issues, serving as the first point of contact for many individuals seeking healthcare services. This Collection aims to explore the various aspects of mental health care provision within primary care, including screening and early detection, treatment and management, health promotion and prevention, and collaboration and interdisciplinary care strategies.

This Collection welcomes research that contributes to our understanding of mental health care provision in a primary care setting, including research related to:

  • The integration of mental health services into primary care, including health policy and system-level approaches
  • Early detection and screening 
  • Evidence-based treatment and management strategies
  • Health promotion and prevention strategies 
  • Collaborative and interdisciplinary care models for mental health care
  • The role of digital health and technology in supporting mental health care
  • Addressing disparities and improving access to mental health services in primary care
  • Understanding patient, family, caregiver, and healthcare provider experiences and perspectives of mental health services in primary care
  • Training and education for primary care providers for managing mental health 


This Collection aligns with the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goal 3: Good Health and Well-Being (SDG3) and SDG10: Reducing Inequalities. By focusing on mental health within primary care, we aim to contribute to the promotion of universal health coverage, equitable access to quality healthcare services, and the reduction of mental health disparities.

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  1. Different mental disorders may be associated with many work-related factors to which primary health care workers (PHCWs) are exposed. The current research aims to measure the rates of depression, anxiety, and ...

    Authors: Edris Kakemam, Katayoun Maassoumi, Somayeh Azimi, Madineh Abbasi, Fateme Tahmasbi and Mahasti Alizadeh
    Citation: BMC Primary Care 2024 25:40

Submission Guidelines

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This Collection welcomes submission of original Research Articles. Should you wish to submit a different article type, please read our submission guidelines to confirm that type is accepted by the journal. Articles for this Collection should be submitted via our submission system, Snapp. During the submission process you will be asked whether you are submitting to a Collection, please select Mental health in primary care from the dropdown menu.

Articles will undergo the journal’s standard peer-review process and are subject to all of the journal’s standard policies. Articles will be added to the Collection as they are published.

The Guest Editors have no competing interests with the submissions which they handle through the peer review process. The peer review of any submissions for which the Guest Editors have competing interests is handled by another Editorial Board Member who has no competing interests.