Functional Roles and Foundational Characteristics of Psychologists in Integrated Primary Care.
Summary of "Functional Roles and Foundational Characteristics of Psychologists in Integrated Primary Care."
Psychologists are presented with unprecedented opportunities to integrate their work in primary care settings. Although some roles of psychologists in primary care overlap with those in traditional psychology practice settings, a number are distinct reflecting the uniqueness of the primary care culture. In this paper, we first describe the integrated primary care setting, with a focus on those settings that have components of patient centered medical home. We then describe functional roles and foundational characteristics of psychologists in integrated primary care. The description of functional roles emphasizes the diversity of roles performed. The foundational characteristics identified are those that we consider the 'primary care ethic,' or core characteristics of psychologists that serve as the basis for the various functional roles in integrated primary care. The 'primary care ethic' includes attitudes, values, knowledge, and abilities that are essential to the psychologist being a valued, effective, and productive primary care team member.
Department of Family Medicine, Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island, 111 Brewster Street, Pawtucket, RI, 02860, USA, Justin_Nash@Brown.edu.
This article was published in the following journal.
Name: Journal of clinical psychology in medical settings
- PubMed Source: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22415522
- DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10880-011-9290-z
Medical and Biotech [MESH] Definitions
Primary Health Care
Care which provides integrated, accessible health care services by clinicians who are accountable for addressing a large majority of personal health care needs, developing a sustained partnership with patients, and practicing in the context of family and community. (JAMA 1995;273(3):192)
Delivery Of Health Care, Integrated
A health care system which combines physicians, hospitals, and other medical services with a health plan to provide the complete spectrum of medical care for its customers. In a fully integrated system, the three key elements - physicians, hospital, and health plan membership - are in balance in terms of matching medical resources with the needs of purchasers and patients. (Coddington et al., Integrated Health Care: Reorganizing the Physician, Hospital and Health Plan Relationship, 1994, p7)
Those characteristics that distinguish one SEX from the other. The primary sex characteristics are the OVARIES and TESTES and their related hormones. Secondary sex characteristics are those which are masculine or feminine but not directly related to reproduction.
Primary Care Nursing
Techniques or methods of patient care used by nurses as primary careproviders.
Primary Nursing Care
The primary responsibility of one nurse for the planning, evaluation, and care of a patient throughout the course of illness, convalescence, and recovery.
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