A paper published in 2014 (1) is getting a lot of attention now because of the following conclusions (italics mine): (more…)
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I attended the 13th Collaborative Family Healthcare Association (CFHA) meeting in Philadelphia last week. A prominent theme was difficulty gaining acceptance from medical clinicians about the role of mental/behavioral health practitioners in the primary care setting. These practitioners provide skills helping people with complex medication regimens (insulin for example), weight management, smoking cessation, exercise regimens, substance abuse and stress management as well as help with mental health disorders. But these resources are not used nearly as well as they could be.
In March of 1993, 15 colleagues from the fields of family medicine and family therapy met to think about a better way to deliver primary care. They concluded that integrating the expertise of biomedical and psychosocial providers with family and community as key elements in the practice model would be ideal. They called their idea the “collaborative family healthcare model”, formed the CFHA and, in July 1995, held their first national conference in Washington, D.C. It was well attended and received glowing reviews. Last week I spoke about Stress Illness at their 12th national conference in Louisville, KY, attended by over 350 people.