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Fam Syst Health. 2014 Mar;32(1):20-30. doi: 10.1037/a0035121.

Examining the utility of behavioral health integration in well-child visits: implications for rural settings.

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Department of Psychology.
Department of Special Education and Clinical Sciences, University of Oregon.
College of Nursing, University of Nebraska Medical Center.
Complete Children's Health.


The purpose of this study was to assess the effect of integrating behavioral health services into well-child visits in underserved, remote, and/or fringe areas. Specifically, the following were examined: the structure of the well-child visit for standard care in comparison to when a behavioral health provider was integrated into the visit and the effect of integrating a behavioral health provider on behavioral health topics covered and parent satisfaction. Participants were 94 caregivers of children attending well-child visits. Group differences were examined for participants in well-child visits with a behavioral health provider and participants in a standard well-child visit. Findings suggest a statistically significant increase in caregiver-rated perception for the number of topics covered with the integration of a behavioral health provider in the well-child visits. No significant effects of caregiver-rated helpfulness or satisfaction were observed. Implications for the findings and future research directions are discussed.

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