The problem of integrating behavioral health in the medical home and the questions it leads to

Rodger Kessler, Dale Stafford, Randall Messier

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Abstract

Psychology and other behavioral health professions have amassed a broad empirical and clinical literature suggesting many medical presentations are best responded to with the addition of evidence based behavioral interventions. Despite this, psychology has not achieved a regular presence as part of medical practice. We suggest specific reasons for the current state of affairs including clinical, operational, societal labels, financial and training dimensions. Medical, psychological, administrative, and financial perspectives are reviewed. If the goals of health care system reform are to be reached then we must identify and challenge the current limitations of health care. This paper will identify the elements that need to be changed in order for psychology to be integrated into medicine rather than excluded from its policy, planning and operations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)4-12
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings
Volume16
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2009
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Collaborative care
  • Evidence based behavioral care
  • Family medicine
  • Health care policy
  • Medical home
  • Psychology and medicine

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology

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