Essential Competencies of Medical Personnel in Integrated Care Settings

  • Christine N. RunyanEmail author

The inclusion of psychological services in medicine has existed within tertiary care and specialty care settings, such as inpatient consultation and oncology, for decades. The inclusion of behavioral health specialists within primary care settings is relatively recent, however. The growing need for well-trained and effective delivery of behavioral health services within primary care is due to several critical factors as discussed in prior chapters. This chapter will focus on the training and core competencies necessary for primary care medical providers, in order for an integrated service to become highly effective. A perspective on these competencies would be incomplete without first defining primary care and primary care providers.

According to the Institute of Medicine, primary careis “the provision of integrated, accessible health care services by clinicians who are accountable for addressing a large majority of personal health needs, developing a sustained partnership with...


Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Behavioral Health Primary Care Provider Core Competency Mental Health Provider 
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© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2008

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Mid-State Health CenterPlymouthEngland

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