What the future holds for integrated care
Total attendance at this year’s annual meeting has broken all records with 1,418 registered delegates.
ACLP president Maryland Pao, MD, FACLP, and scientific program chair for CLP 2023 Sejal Shah, MD, FACLP, welcomed delegates before Joshua Gordon, MD, PhD, director of the National Institute of Mental Health, advocated integrated care across the lifespan at the start of the first plenary, titled Research Directions in C-L Psychiatry: Where We Are and Where We’re Going.
Michael Sharpe, MA, MD, FACLP, and Jane Walker, MBChB, PhD, FACLP, followed with results of their HOME Study, the largest randomized trial of C-L Psychiatry to date, which evaluated the effect of proactive and integrated C-L Psychiatry on the time older people spend in hospital.
The audience heard about the unpublished results of this major study, and their implications. Dr Sharpe started a discussion, which will be continued in a workshop on Saturday morning, about what inpatient C-L Psychiatry services should look like and what C-L Psychiatry is for. He encouraged ACLP members to be proud of what they do, to continue to listen to their physician colleagues pleas to help them provide better care for their patients, and to be mindful of the virtuous relationship between C-L Psychiatry research and practice.