Program Evaluation of an Integrated Behavioral Health Clinic in an Outpatient Women's Health Clinic: Challenges and Considerations

J Clin Psychol Med Settings. 2020 Jun;27(2):207-216. doi: 10.1007/s10880-019-09684-6.

Abstract

Many women receive their regular check-ups and preventive care through a women's health clinic, including their behavioral health needs. Most of these clinics have not yet developed the capacity to adequately manage behavioral health concerns. We describe our clinical experience integrating behavioral health services into a women's health clinic. In one year, 108 women (54% White, Mage= 35) were referred for behavioral health treatment 47% were identified using a screening questionnaire, 51% were referred by their women's health provider and 2% were self-referred. The most common presenting concerns were anxiety (52%) and depressive symptoms (48%). Sixty-one (56%) patients completed an intake assessment, of whom 33 (54%) engaged in follow-up treatment (M = 3.7 treatment sessions, SD = 3.0). Behavioral health screening and treatment appears to be feasible and effective within a women's health setting. Further research is needed to overcome barriers to referrals and treatment engagement in this population.

Keywords: Behavioral health; Gynecology; Primary care integration; Women’s health.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Ambulatory Care
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Mass Screening
  • Outpatients
  • Program Evaluation
  • Women's Health*