In Child and Adolescent Psychiatry: The Essentials, Keith Cheng and Kathleen Myers take on a heroic task: to increase children's access to mental health care by providing an overview for pediatricians and other primary care clinicians. Developmental1,2 and psychiatric3 illnesses appear to be increasing in the United States, while access to integrated psychiatric care is increasingly limited by the restrictions of insurance and managed care companies.4 As described in chapter 24 (“Caring for Children and Adolescents With Mental Health Issues in the General Health Setting”), primary care clinicians are increasingly finding their assessment and treatment of their patients' complex mental problems constrained by reimbursement and time.
Burke M. Child and Adolescent Psychiatry: The Essentials. JAMA. 2011;305(18):1913-1914. doi:10.1001/jama.2011.608