Translating Research Evidence to Daily Practice for Behavioral Health and Primary Care


Research continues to guide efforts to integrate behavioral health and primary care, and the proper translation of this evidence into everyday practice is critical. Neil Korsen, MD, MSc, medical director of the Mental Health Integration program for MaineHealth system, discusses lessons learned from his work in assisting primary care practices in the implementation of evidence-based integrated care systems into their clinics.  He provides three key components of highly successful integrated practices: a behavioral health provider that is embedded in the primary care team, a balance between productivity and accessibility, and mechanisms that help the practice anticipate which patients will need integrated services. 

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