How to Determine the Need: A Readiness Assessment System
The Possibility of Integrated Health Care
Health care organizations are facing increasing pressure to improve their quality of care while reducing costs. Integrating behavioral health care within primary care settings has provided better and more efficient patient care using fewer resources at less cost. Accordingly, the three goals of integrated care include (a) producing healthier patients; (b) producing healthier patients with more efficient use of resources; and (c) removing barriers to access by offering more convenient and less stigmatizing services (O’Donohue, Cummings, & Ferguson, 2003). However, integrating behavioral health care within primary care clinics first requires a careful analysis.
To implement an integrated behavioral health care system within a primary care institution is a process that may be difficult without first identifying possible gaps within the existing health care organization that might obstruct the implementation of the new system of integrated care....
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