Integrative Behavioral Health: What is it and why should we care about it?

[I]n addition to medical-type assessment questions, we also have to ask about relationships, work or studies, recent or drastic life stressors, self-care, and other daily behaviors. Sometimes we ask about past trauma or mood experiences.

These additional questions start the foundation for integrated behavioral health (IBH.) Core components of IBH are training all members of the care team to learn about and address mental health and physical health, to educate and support the patients directly, and finally to provide interventions.

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