Pediatric Provider Processes for Behavioral Health Screening, Decision Making, and Referral in Sites With Colocated Mental Health Services

ArticleinJournal of developmental and behavioral pediatrics: JDBP 34(9):680-7 · November 2013with15 Reads
DOI: 10.1097/01.DBP.0000437831.04723.6f · Source: PubMed
Validated behavioral health (BH) screens are recommended for use at well-child visits. This study aimed to explore how pediatricians experience and use these screens for subsequent care decisions in primary care. The study took place at 4 safety net health centers. Fourteen interviews were conducted with pediatricians who were mandated to use validated BH screens at well-child visits. Interview questions focused on key domains, including clinic BH context, screening processes, assessment of screening scores, and decision making about referral to mental health services. Qualitative analysis used the Framework Approach. A variety of themes emerged: BH screens were well accepted and valued for the way they facilitated discussion of mental health issues. However, screening results were not always used in the way that instrument designers intended. Providers' beliefs about the face validity of the instruments, and their observations about performance of instruments, led to discounting scored results. As a result, clinical decisions were made based on a variety of evidence, including individual item responses, parent or patient concerns, and perceived readiness for treatment. Additionally, providers, although interested in expanding their mental health discussions, perceived a lack of time and of their own skills to be major obstacles in this pursuit. Screens act as important prompts to stimulate discussion of BH problems, but their actual scored results play a variable role in problem identification and treatment decisions. Modifications to scheduling policies, additional provider training, and enhanced collaboration with mental health professionals could support better BH integration in pediatric primary care.
    • "Nevertheless, there is disagreement regarding about one third of all children, mostly due to parental concerns not being confirmed by the CHP. Even when using screening instruments in the identification process, there will be some disagreement between parents and CHPs [19]. Future research should explore the parent-CHP interaction to further elucidate the decision-making process regarding the identification of psychosocial problems in children. "
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    • "But even though these collaborations and extensions of care beyond the identified patient have long been recognized as important, they receive less emphasis in training programs and frequently are not factored into funding schemes. There are few incentives for mental health clinicians not to fill their agendas with already-ill individuals in need of treatment, and few incentives for non-mental health clinicians to expand their scope of work to include early intervention for mental health prob- lems [17]. One hope for the future is that new structures in health care will be able to improve integration between medical, social, and public health sectors. "
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