Addressing trauma and stress in the COVID-19 pandemic: Challenges and the promise of integrated primary care

Psychol Trauma. 2020 Aug;12(S1):S177-S179. doi: 10.1037/tra0000761. Epub 2020 Jun 25.


Integrated primary care settings are ideal locations for treatment of posttraumatic stress concerns as primary care is the principal access point for mental health treatment in the United States. The COVID-19 global pandemic will increase the necessity of posttraumatic stress-related psychological care for vulnerable populations and frontline providers through traditional and virtual methods; integrated primary care settings are rapidly adapting to meet this need. Integrating more behavioral health clinicians into primary care clinics will provide better access to whole-person care when it is needed most. (PsycInfo Database Record (c) 2020 APA, all rights reserved).

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Coronavirus Infections*
  • Delivery of Health Care, Integrated* / organization & administration
  • Humans
  • Mental Health Services* / organization & administration
  • Pandemics*
  • Pneumonia, Viral*
  • Primary Health Care* / organization & administration
  • Psychological Trauma / therapy*
  • Stress Disorders, Post-Traumatic / etiology
  • Stress Disorders, Post-Traumatic / therapy*
  • Telemedicine* / organization & administration

Supplementary concepts

  • COVID-19