Creighton collaborative model looks to combat psychiatrist shortage

Over the past few years, there has been a big priority in taking care of your mental health. It's begun to shine a light on the shortage of psychiatrist in the industry.
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LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN)-Over the past few years, there has been a big priority in taking care of your mental health. It’s begun to shine a light on the shortage of psychiatrist in the industry, but now a Creighton doctor is working to target those issues and solve them.

“Well, this is a problem that’s probably been really been talked about being built, building up for about 15 years. Then probably kind of blown up and emphasized with the pandemic,” Dr. Shannon Kinnan, with Creighton University’s School of Medicine, said.

It’s been building for a few years but has been emphasized recently due to the pandemic. It’s creating a longer wait for patients who are seeking help and putting a heavy workload on doctors.

“This could be just the difference to just waiting on a waitlist to go into months. Then unfortunately, about 50% of referrals that are given to subspecialty care never end up going,” Dr. Kinnan said.

Now, she has developed a collaborative care model that would allow primary care physicians to work in tandem with psychiatrist.

“The patients in the collaborative care model are tracked. If they’re not getting better every two months, then the case was kind of sent for the psychiatric overview,” Dr. Kinnan said.

The model allows patients to get medicine and treatment quicker but stull allows them to see a psychiatrist if needed.

Dr. Kinnan says there’s been more interest over the last few years for students looking into the psychiatric field. She said it’s good news, but for now, this model could help doctors and patients.

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