Resolution on Psychologists in Integrated Primary Care and Specialty Health Care Settings


RESOLUTION ON PSYCHOLOGISTS IN INTEGRATED PRIMARY CARE AND SPECIALTY HEALTHCARE SETTINGSWORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT AND TRAINING



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RESOLUTION ON PSYCHOLOGISTS IN INTEGRATED PRIMARY CARE AND SPECIALTY HEALTHCARE SETTINGS
WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT AND TRAINING
Psychologists play a significant role in integrated care models, not only in primary care, but also specialty care. Psychologists highly developed rapid assessment and diagnostic skills, as well as the use of evidence-based screening tools and assessments, make psychology an important and efficient part of primary and specialty care teams. Interventions are useless if they are not targeted to the correct diagnosis or the individual needs of the patient. Research suggests anywhere from 60-80% of primary care visits are related to stress (Avey, 2003). A skilled clinician who can quickly detect and address the underlying mental health issue will lead to fewer office visits and less unnecessary and expensive diagnostic testing. Although the term integrated care maybe new to the public and payers, psychologists have been involved in integrated care for decades. (Hunter, Hunter, & Kessler, 2015) These roles have included working collaboratively with physicians in independent practice, as well as apart of teams in community mental health settings and in integrated hospital settings. Research and clinical experience support the physical and mental health benefits of integrated care and the fiscal benefits of decreased healthcare costs, both of which increase interest in expanding the number of psychologists in medical settings. To this end, APASI seeks to promote opportunities for psychologists in integrated care settings. An important aspect of this involves promotion of workforce training and development.



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