The primary care toolkit: Practical resources for the integrated behavioral care provider

Publication TypeBook
SourceSpringer Publishing Co, p.xii, 333 (2009)
Year of Publication2009
AuthorsJames, Larry C., and O'Donohue William T.
CityNew York, NY, US
SelectionEducation & Workforce; Financing & Sustainability; Measure
AbstractIdeally, the integration of behavioral health into the medical setting brings effective, coordinated treatment and increased satisfaction for both practitioner and patient. In reality, however, the results can be far from perfect—and far from integrated. The Primary Care Toolkit introduces mental health professionals to the best possibilities for the collaboration while preparing them for the crucial differences between primary care and traditional mental health settings, to make the transition as worthwhile and non-traumatic as possible. Readers will improve their medical literacy, learn how to make more effective use of the clinic's patient education and marketing resources, and uncover key consultation skills. And chapters for primary care physicians and administrators help all parties understand the synergy underlying integrative care. A sampling of the Toolkit's features is: Assessment and treatment guidelines for core illnesses (chronic pain, heart disease, anxiety, depression), and issues (treatment compliance, obesity, smoking, somatization) encountered in primary care; Hiring and interview protocols for administrators; Training programs and issues; Financial and billing models; Quality management/improvement tools; and, a Review of the current CPT codes. This book is a safety net for the clinician adjusting to collaborative practice, giving new "team players"—clinical and health psychologists, psychiatrists, mental health nurses, and clinical social workers, as well as the professionals working with them—greater confidence and competence. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2010 APA, all rights reserved)(cover)
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