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Table 5 Open-ended question summary

From: Perceptions of health managers and professionals about mental health and primary care integration in Rio de Janeiro: a mixed methods study

Mental Health and Primary Care Integration Positive aspects Negative aspects
Network category • Connecting primary care and mental health services.
• Planning care together
• Lack of knowledge about different units, system structures and work processes
• Constraints regarding institutional processes
Primary Mental Health education category • Helping non-specialists managing mental health problems
• Training SUS gatekeepers to identify mental health problems
• Narrowing the communication gap between different work processes
• Favouring primary teams to diagnose and prescribe appropriate interventions.
• Lack of human resources, excessive turnover of GPs, excessive working hours
• Lack of knowledge regarding psychosocial interventions in PC
Primary Mental Health Interventions category • Improving access to cases of difficult adherence
• Delivering mental health care in the community
• Integrating actions to care of co-morbidities
• Integrating different professionals’ timetables
• Low frequency of mental health matrix support in the community (once a month)
• Continuity of care is not perceived as a health tenet