We plan to demonstrate that integrated behavioral care through tele-health can support patient smoking cessation efforts. Implementing a bidirectional care model can reinforce and augment the care received from the medical health care provider. Smoking is a primary cause of morbidity and mortality. It negatively impacts outcomes for chronic disease patients resulting in significantly increased healthcare costs (Centers for Disease Control, 2019). Smoking cessation is a multifactorial process that includes addressing the underlying addiction through pharmacological measures along with promoting and supporting behavior change through motivational interviewing, cognitive behavioral strategies, and dialectical behavioral strategies. By working in tandem, integrated behavioral health providers and primary care providers can increase patient satisfaction, smoking cessation success rates, and a decrease in provider burnout. In rural communities, access to behavioral health care is sparse (Jolly, 2019). In this model, integrated behavioral health care is provided via technology to allow more access to patients. The tele-health is done by using a wall mounted screen in a designated tele-health room as well as by utilizing rolling iPad carts which can be taken directly into a patient’s room.
- identify how team based care provides supports to primary care providers addressing smoking cessation.
- recognize the impact of using an interdisciplinary approach to addressing smoking cessation on patient satisfaction.
- discuss how technology can provide access to behavioral health services in a rural setting.