The Primary Care Consultant Toolkit: Tools for Behavioral Medicine Training for PCPs in Integrated Care
Medical education is in the midst of major changes. Over 50% of US medical schools are currently revising their curricula, and nearly all residency programs are evolving to meet new skill-based competency requirements (Jones, Higgs, de Angelis, & Prideaux, 2001). In large part, these changes reflect an awareness of the evolving health care needs of an increasingly diverse and aging population. Now, more than ever, physicians must understand and utilize social and behavioral factors in health and health care. Unfortunately, practicing providers may find themselves “behind the curve” in both biomedical science and in the more integrative and interdisciplinary ways of thinking about health and disease (IOM, 2004).
Training primary care providers in integrated behavioral health can be a rew-arding, challenging, and frustrating experience full of important possibilities. To teach successfully requires a meaningful understanding of trends in medical education and the evolving medical culture...
KeywordsMedical Education Behavioral Health Primary Care Provider Goal Setting Agenda Item
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