Integrated Behavioral Healthcare: New Mexico’s Evolution in Healthcare Delivery

Dr. Daubney Harper, NMSU

Dr. Daubney Harper, NMSU

By Daubney M. Harper, Ph.D., NMSU College of Education, La Clinica de Familia

In primary care and family medicine, providers know that many of their patients face psychological conditions that impact their well-being, physical health and family life. We know that mental health conditions such as anxiety and depression that go untreated can adversely affect chronic illnesses such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease and asthma. We also know that many chronic illnesses are created, maintained and/or exacerbated by one’s behaviors or lifestyle, such as tobacco use or inactivity. Research shows most medical treatments entail writing a prescription rather than engaging the patient in self-management. That approach takes responsibility, motivation and self-confidence away from the patient and places it in the overwhelmed hands of our understaffed medical providers.  Read more …


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