Effective Consultative Liaison in Primary Care

  • Robert E. JacksonEmail author


All medical intervention, whether it is initiated by a health care provider or continued by the patient, has it roots in human behavior. The understanding of human behavior, how to motivate behavioral change and how it impacts medical care, is an especially valuable skill set that psychology brings to the primary care arena. And, as with any discipline, communication of that body of knowledge requires not only mastery of that area but also a keen understanding of the audience with which one is communicating. As psychologists move into the area of primary care, it becomes readily apparent that much of the consultative style that works well within traditional behavioral health care does not fit with how primary care providers (PCPs) work. This chapter will examine the key differences for psychologists working within primary care, competing approaches to patient care, and the unique consultative skills needed to adequately adapt to these differences. Finally, general...


Primary Care Behavioral Health Primary Care Clinic Clinical Pharmacist Mental Health Clinic 
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© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2008

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Director, Primary Care Behavioral Health ClinicsTripler Army Medical CenterUSA

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