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Am Psychol. 2003 Jun-Jul;58(6-7):475-81.

Prevention opportunities in health care settings.

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Department of Medical Humanities and Social Sciences, Florida State University College of Medicine, Call Street at Stadium Drive, Tallahassee, FL 32306-4300, USA.


Psychologists have an opportunity to offer their expertise at a time when health care settings are beginning to recognize the importance of behaviorally based interventions for improving health and health care. The authors review the changing patterns of health and illness that have led to an increased interest in the role of patient and provider behavior and discuss the many advantages of using health care settings as prevention sites. Examples of successful behaviorally based prevention programs are presented, along with the evidence supporting the cost-effectiveness of such programs. Challenges presented by working in health care settings are described. Throughout, the authors emphasize the multiple opportunities for psychologists' involvement across a wide variety of health care delivery sites.

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