Many mental health practitioners who are interested in primary care may not know how to get involved. Integrated Primary Care (IPC) is a model that normalizes mental and behavioral health issues in primary care with the goal of improved health outcomes; it shows promise for addressing mental health care disparities. Recognizing that mental and physical health problems are interwoven, utilizing the primary care system of medical health delivery offers an opportunity for patients to have greater access to behavioral services. Recent movements have increased the demand for integration of physical and behavioral health. This article reviews research on access issues, adherence, and the effectiveness of IPC with particular attention to newer studies and those examining culturally diverse groups. Finally, it offers suggestions for counselors seeking to integrate their practice with the primary care setting in a culturally sensitive way.
Integrated Primary Care: Why You Should Care and How to Get Started
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Mark Vogel, Sylvia Malcore, Rose Illes, Heather Kirkpatrick; Integrated Primary Care: Why You Should Care and How to Get Started. Journal of Mental Health Counseling 1 April 2014; 36 (2): 130–144. doi: https://doi.org/10.17744/mehc.36.2.5312041n10767k51
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