Integrating Mental Health Services in Pediatric Practices
Integrating Mental Health Services in Pediatric Practices Feasible, Effective
Medical News Today
March 25, 2014
Brief behavioral and mental health programs for children can be effectively provided within pediatric practices as an alternative to being referred to a community specialist, University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences researchers found in a National Institutes of Health-funded randomized trial. Behavioral health treatment provided in the pediatrician's office resulted in improved access to care, greater participation by both the child and their caregiver in treatment programs, and higher rates of treatment completion, without burdening the pediatric practice, researchers report in the April issue of the journal Pediatrics.
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Keywords: mental, behavioral, health, services, pediatric, pediatrician, access, treatment