ABSTRACT: The goals of this study were to (a) describe an Integrated Behavioral Health Care (IBHC) program within a university health center and (b) assess provider and patient acceptability and satisfaction with the IBHC program, including behavioral health screening and clinical services of integrated behavioral health providers (BHPs). Fifteen providers (nine primary care providers and six nurses) and 79 patients (75% female, 65% Caucasian) completed program ratings in 2010. Providers completed an anonymous web-based questionnaire that assessed satisfaction with and acceptability of behavioral health screening and the IBHC program featuring integrated BHPs. Patients completed an anonymous web-based questionnaire that assessed program satisfaction and comfort with BHPs. Providers reported that behavioral health screening stimulated new conversations about behavioral health concerns, the BHPs provided clinically useful services, and patients benefited from the IBHC program. Patients reported satisfaction with behavioral health services and reported a willingness to meet again with BHPs. Providers and patients found the IBHC program beneficial to clinical care. Use of integrated BHPs can help university health centers support regular screening for mental and behavioral health issues. Care integration increases access to needed mental health treatment.
Families Systems & Health 05/2012; 30(2):130-40. · 1.05 Impact Factor