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Challenges and successes in an integrated behavioral complex care clinic

, School of Allied Health Professions, United States ; , , School of Medicine, United States

Journal of Interprofessional Education & Practice Volume 9, Number 1, ISSN 2405-4526 Publisher: Elsevier Ltd


Mental health and substance abuse disorders occur with other medical problems at a higher rate, resulting in increased costs and higher morbidity and mortality rates. Integrating behavioral health with primary care has shown success, but how this approach is experienced by patients and clinicians in a complex care clinic is not fully investigated.This study explored the benefits and challenges of a complex care clinic with an integrated behavioral health component.We used a conventional qualitative content analysis of semi-structured interviews with clinicians and patients, and team meeting observations.Patients and clinicians perceive similar successes of an integrated behavioral health complex care clinic, such as decreased use of emergency room and improved health. Only clinicians found challenges, which were related to traditional medical care perceptions, time and space, and interprofessional teamwork. Patients did not identify challenges related to the integrated complex care clinic.


Ivey, C.K., Winship, J.M. & Etz, R.S. (2017). Challenges and successes in an integrated behavioral complex care clinic. Journal of Interprofessional Education & Practice, 9(1), 34-40. Elsevier Ltd. Retrieved October 19, 2019 from .

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