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Clin Pediatr (Phila). 2015 Aug;54(9):888-93. doi: 10.1177/0009922815569199. Epub 2015 Feb 2.

Do Parents Expect Pediatricians to Pay Attention to Behavioral Health?

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1
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD, USA justinelarson72@gmail.com.
2
University of Florida, Jacksonville, FL, USA.
3
Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA, USA.
4
University of California, San Francisco, CA, USA.
5
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD, USA.

Abstract

BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE:

This study is a qualitative analysis examining caregivers' expectations for pediatricians with regard to behavioral health care.

METHODS:

Fifty-five parents/caregivers of children seen in an urban primary care clinic participated in semistructured interviews. Participants were parents or guardians of children between the ages of 2 and 17 years, referred from the pediatric clinic to the mental health center. Interviews were analyzed using grounded theory methods.

RESULTS:

Pertinent themes were the following: expected range of care, components of an effective primary care provider (PCP) relationship, action of the PCP, and parent reaction to PCP intervention. Forty-seven percent of caregivers saw the PCP role as strictly for physical health care; 53% expected the PCP to have a role in both physical and behavioral health. Responses were overwhelmingly positive from caregivers when the PCP asked about or conducted a behavioral health intervention.

CONCLUSION:

Caregivers did not consistently expect but responded positively to PCPs engaging around behavioral health concerns.

KEYWORDS:

behavioral medicine; community mental health services; pediatrics

PMID:
25644647
DOI:
10.1177/0009922815569199
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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