The portal to information and tools for the integration of behavioral health and primary care.
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.
This video features innovative psychologists in pediatric, obstetric/gynecological and family practice settings alongside the physicians they work with in integrated behavioral health practices around the country. Learn more at http://www.apa.org/health/.