Addressing Medical Issues in Behavior Analytic Treatment

  • Linda Copeland
  • Gregory BuchEmail author
Discussion and Review Paper


This article offers strategies to help behavior analysts address medical issues which may affect behavioral intervention, beginning with the intake process and continuing through treatment and the coordination of care with other healthcare providers. The Behavior Analyst Certification Board’s ethical guidelines for seeking medical consultation are reviewed. The importance of documenting clients’ medical histories at intake and keeping updated medical files is emphasized. Behavioral manifestations and data patterns that may serve as red flags for medical problems are reviewed, with an emphasis on clients with limited verbal skills who cannot describe their symptoms. Multiple aspects of the behavior analyst’s role in the coordination of care for clients’ medical conditions are discussed.


Medical variables Behavioral impact Consultation Care coordination 


Compliance with Ethical Standards

Ethical Approval

This article does not contain any studies with human participants or animals performed by any of the authors.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.One Community Health CenterSacramentoUSA
  2. 2.Pacific Autism Learning ServicesRosevilleUSA

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