Providing primary care to patients with mental illness is a challenging task that requires highly skilled, experienced practitioners comfortable with the full array of biopsychosocial problems with which these patients present. For example, understanding the side-effect profiles of the psychiatric medications and their impact on problems such as diabetes and other complex endocrinopathies requires highly evolved clinical skills. Optimally, the successful care of these patients is best provided in close collaboration among the entire health team including the prescribing psychiatrist and the primary care provider. Indeed, integrated care models are becoming more prevalent with patients being cared for by . . .
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