An integrated healthcare model incorporates behavioral health services into a medical setting to address patients’ physical, emotional, and behavioral healthcare concerns. The integrated healthcare model has been associated with positive patient satisfaction and health outcomes, yet limited studies have examined, using qualitative methods, physicians’ experiences of working alongside behavioral health consultants (BHCs) in integrated healthcare settings. Data was gathered through semi-structured interviews with pediatricians (N=4) working in an integrated healthcare model. Participants shared that as pediatricians they received personal, educational, and organizational benefits from an integrated healthcare model. Pediatricians also reported increased knowledge in effectively addressing mental health concerns for their patients and decreased physician stress-levels. Results of pediatricians’ experiences working in an integrated healthcare setting are discussed with regard to their implications for clinical practice and research.
Integrated Care, Pediatrics, Primary Care Behavioral Health, Qualitative Analysis
Prior to this study, neither author had previous experience researching integrated behavioral health.
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Anton, B., & Reynolds, J. D. (2020). An Exploration of Pediatricians’ Personal Value on Mental Health: Experience with Integrated Healthcare and its Impact on Physicians’ Lives. The Qualitative Report, 25(10), 3440-3458. Retrieved from https://nsuworks.nova.edu/tqr/vol25/iss10/1
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