This session will detail the use of relational assessments in combination with behavioral assessments in integrated healthcare. We will overview common behavioral health assessments used in healthcare (i.e., depression, anxiety, specific behavioral practices) and relational-focused assessments (i.e., parent-child, couple, family, and peer). We will discuss the use of relational assessments as screeners, outcomes, and through intervention work, using our own examples and those from the literature. In our work, ~15% of families in pediatric primary care and 25-60% of families in adult weight management report impaired family functioning, and patients’ perceptions of social support predicts positive health outcomes. Attendees will review, complete, and score relational assessments. Finally, we will review the utility and evidence for implementing behavioral and relational assessments in health care, including examples from pediatric primary care to adult weight management tertiary care.
- Identify evidence-based relational screeners for use in integrated health care settings.
- Discern which (combinations of) individual and relational measures are appropriate for research and clinical evaluation in a variety of settings and populations.
- Utilize assessments for both outcomes research and clinical care to distinguish areas of concern for targeted treatment of the individual/and or family.
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