In the latest issue of the American Psychological Association’s journal American Psychologist, health care experts discuss the benefits of psychologists and physicians collaborating routinely to improve the delivery of primary health care. Such collaboration should improve the identification of behavioral health conditions, as well as increase the likelihood that they will be referred to the treatment they need.
The issue includes 11 articles and includes such topics as opportunities for collaboration in primary care; OB/GYN and behavioral health; a psychologists role in palliative care; and behavioral integration and adults with chronic health conditions.
In a press release from the APA, Norman B. Anderson, Ph.D., APA CEO and American Psychologist editor said:
“Research clearly shows that psychological, behavioral and social factors are key drivers of health problems seen in the primary care settings. This special issue highlights some opportunities, challenges and successes in incorporating psychology into collaborative integrated health care to achieve truly comprehensive, whole-person primary care.”