Importance of a Solid Collaborative Care Team in Primary Care Clinics - Part 2

Patients often present in primary care with a number of problems that are usually not addressed in traditional primary care settings. Parinda Khatri, Ph.D., discusses how the primary care clinics of Cherokee Health Systems integrated behavioral health services. Now, they provide more comprehensive care for their patients, which not only meets all their patients’ health care needs but also improves their quality of life.

With an integrated care team, providers can address both the medical needs of their patients, such as chronic disease management and healthy lifestyle changes, and their behavioral health needs, such as depression and other mental health challenges.