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Integrated Primary Care combines medical and behavioral health services to more fully address the spectrum of problems that patients bring to primary medical care.
Because the vast majority of patients in primary care have either a physical ailment that is affected by stress, problems maintaining healthy lifestyles, unhealthy substance use or a psychological disorder, it is clinically effective and cost effective to make behavioral health providers part of primary medical care.
IPC allows patients to feel that for any problem they bring, they have come to the right place.
By teaming mental health and medical providers, IPC is the structural realization of the biopsychosocial model advocated so broadly in Family Medicine and Psychiatry. It is the reunification in practice of the mind and the body, for so long addressed in the separate worlds of medical and mental health treatment.
IPC is a foundational element in Patient-Centered Primary Care. In order to develop partnership in their care for multiply-disadvantaged patients, healthcare teams need to incorporate additional approaches based on transparency, empowerment, activation and mutuality, the steps for Getting From Good to Great.
Introducing Integrated Primary Care in Practice
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Partnering to improve behavioral health integration
and patient-centered care.
In-depth Learning about Integrated Primary Care
and Patient-Centered Primary Care
Integrated Primary Care: The Future of Medical and Mental Health Collaboration
Presents models for integrating medical and mental health services to best address patients' needs.
Patient-Centered Primary Care:
Getting from Good to Great
Helping primary care practices involve patients as partners in their own healthcare.