Applying lessons from behavioral health integration to social care integration in primary care

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Abstract

Interest and incentives are increasing around strategies whereby the health care sector can better identify and address patients’ social and economic needs in the context of primary care delivery. This interest is likely to accelerate during the economic recession following the COVID-19 pandemic. Yet effective and sustainable strategies for integrating social care practices (eg, patient-facing social risk screening and activities to address identified needs) have not been clearly established. Lessons learned from more than 2 decades of research on behavioral health integration could be applied to efforts to integrate social care into primary care. In this article, we synthesize learnings from primary care and behavioral health care integration, and translate them into organizing principles with the goal of advancing social care integration practices to improve the health of both patients and communities.

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Hoeft, T. J., Hessler, D., Francis, D., & Gottlieb, L. M. (2021). Applying lessons from behavioral health integration to social care integration in primary care. Annals of Family Medicine, 19(4), 356–361. https://doi.org/10.1370/afm.2688

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