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J Prim Care Community Health. 2017 Apr;8(2):89-93. doi: 10.1177/2150131916668115. Epub 2016 Sep 19.

Physician Satisfaction With Integrated Behavioral Health in Pediatric Primary Care.

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1
1 Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN, USA.
2
2 University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE, USA.
3
3 Children's Mercy Kansas City, Kansas City, MO, USA.

Abstract

As the benefits of integrated behavioral health care services are becoming more widely recognized, this study investigated physician satisfaction with ongoing integrated psychology services in pediatric primary care clinics. Data were collected across 5 urban and 6 rural clinics and demonstrated the specific factors that physicians view as assets to having efficient access to a pediatric behavioral health practitioner. Results indicated significant satisfaction related to quality and continuity of care and improved access to services. Such models of care may increase access to care and reduce other service barriers encountered by individuals and their families with behavioral health concerns (ie, those who otherwise would seek services through referrals to traditional tertiary care facilities).

KEYWORDS:

access to care; children; pediatrics; physician satisfaction; primary care

PMID:
27638838
PMCID:
PMC5932655
DOI:
10.1177/2150131916668115
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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