Civilian Primary Care Prescribing Psychologist in an Army Medical Center
- David S. Shearer
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The present article discusses the integration of a civilian prescribing psychologist into a primary care clinic at Madigan Army Medical Center. A description of the role of the prescribing psychologist in this setting is provided. The author asserts that integrating prescribing psychology into primary care can improve patient access to skilled behavioral health services including psychotherapeutic and psychopharmacologic treatment. Potential benefits to the primary care providers (PCPs) working in primary care clinics are discussed. The importance of collaboration between the prescribing psychologist and PCP is emphasized. Initial feedback indicates that integration of a prescribing psychologist into primary care has been well received in this setting.
The views expressed in this article are those of the authors and do not reflect official policy or position of the Department of the Army, the Department of Defense, the US Government, or any of the institutional affiliations noted.
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- Civilian Primary Care Prescribing Psychologist in an Army Medical Center
Journal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings
Volume 19, Issue 4 , pp 430-433
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- Prescribing psychologist
- Army behavioral health
- Primary care psychology
- Integrated behavioral health consultant
- David S. Shearer (1)
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- 1. Department of Family Medicine, Madigan Army Medical Center, 9040 Fitzsimmons Drive, Tacoma, WA, 98431, USA