Integrated behavioral health in primary care settings (IBHPC) is associated with numerous benefits, including cost savings, decreased provider stress, and improved health outcomes. Research on patient experiences has focused on satisfaction, which raises questions about the impact of IBHPC from the patients’ perspective. Six people who have received IBHPC (partnership between the physician and behavioral health clinician in the medical clinic), but not traditional therapy were interviewed and transcribed for qualitative analysis. Results revealed the prevalence of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) for this patient population and how tenets of IBHPC embrace trauma-informed care. Based on this qualitative research project, team-based primary care using a trauma-informed lens is the best approach to maximize wellness with complex patients. The audience will learn concrete ways to recognize red flags that indicate the possibility of ACEs, to identify and treat risk factors, and incorporate available resources into whole-person care.
- To understand, based on the patient perspective, how to respond to adults with ACEs using a trauma-informed approach in an integrated primary care setting.
- To identify how the team can function around working with adults with ACEs
- To identify ACEs as a hazardous, quantifiable exposure which has a substantial and direct impact on health outcomes.