Journal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings

, Volume 19, Issue 1, pp 93–104

Functional Roles and Foundational Characteristics of Psychologists in Integrated Primary Care

Authors

    • Department of Family MedicineWarren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island
    • Department of Psychiatry and Human BehaviorWarren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island
  • Kevin M. McKay
    • Department of Psychiatry and Human BehaviorWarren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and Veterans Affairs Medical Center
  • Mark E. Vogel
    • Department of Family MedicineMichigan State University
    • Genesys Regional Medical Center
  • Kevin S. Masters
    • Department of PsychologyUniversity of Colorado Denver
Article

DOI: 10.1007/s10880-011-9290-z

Cite this article as:
Nash, J.M., McKay, K.M., Vogel, M.E. et al. J Clin Psychol Med Settings (2012) 19: 93. doi:10.1007/s10880-011-9290-z

Abstract

Psychologists are presented with unprecedented opportunities to integrate their work in primary care settings. Although some roles of psychologists in primary care overlap with those in traditional psychology practice settings, a number are distinct reflecting the uniqueness of the primary care culture. In this paper, we first describe the integrated primary care setting, with a focus on those settings that have components of patient centered medical home. We then describe functional roles and foundational characteristics of psychologists in integrated primary care. The description of functional roles emphasizes the diversity of roles performed. The foundational characteristics identified are those that we consider the ‘primary care ethic,’ or core characteristics of psychologists that serve as the basis for the various functional roles in integrated primary care. The ‘primary care ethic’ includes attitudes, values, knowledge, and abilities that are essential to the psychologist being a valued, effective, and productive primary care team member.

Keywords

Primary careIntegrated carePrimary care ethicPsychology competenciesPatient centered medical home

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