Physician Satisfaction With Integrated Behavioral Health in Pediatric Primary Care

J Prim Care Community Health. 2017 Apr;8(2):89-93. doi: 10.1177/2150131916668115. Epub 2016 Sep 19.


As the benefits of integrated behavioral health care services are becoming more widely recognized, this study investigated physician satisfaction with ongoing integrated psychology services in pediatric primary care clinics. Data were collected across 5 urban and 6 rural clinics and demonstrated the specific factors that physicians view as assets to having efficient access to a pediatric behavioral health practitioner. Results indicated significant satisfaction related to quality and continuity of care and improved access to services. Such models of care may increase access to care and reduce other service barriers encountered by individuals and their families with behavioral health concerns (ie, those who otherwise would seek services through referrals to traditional tertiary care facilities).

Keywords: access to care; children; pediatrics; physician satisfaction; primary care.

MeSH terms

  • Ambulatory Care Facilities
  • Attitude of Health Personnel*
  • Child
  • Child Health Services*
  • Efficiency
  • Health Services Accessibility*
  • Humans
  • Mental Health Services*
  • Pediatrics*
  • Physicians*
  • Primary Health Care*
  • Quality of Health Care
  • Referral and Consultation
  • Rural Population
  • Urban Population