Research suggests that children who struggle with emotional and behavioral health issues are increasingly seen in primary care settings. In fact, children are so frequently seen by their PCP that numerous studies have labeled primary care as the “de facto” mental health system. As a result, integrated pediatric behavioral health services are continuing to grow. However, a paucity of literature addresses what factors prompt referrals from PCPs to behavioral health consultants. The current study examined the factors that predicted referrals from PCPs to behavioral health consultants (BHCs) for children in a primary care setting. Participants included 25 children who were previously been seen by a BHC and 24 children who had not been referred for BHC services. Behavior problems, the percentage of time PCPs spent “counseling” during medical appointments and medical conditions were explored as predictors, and comparisons between these factors were made.
|School:||George Fox University|
|School Location:||United States -- Oregon|
|Source:||DAI-B 73/09(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Mental health, Clinical psychology|
|Keywords:||Behavioral health consultation, Physician referrals, Primary care|
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