Integrated Care Models: Evidence-Based Approaches - Fundamentals (1.5 Credits)
More than two-thirds of individuals with addiction see a primary care provider within a six-month time frame. Thus, primary care providers have the opportunity to recognize, diagnose and help most individuals with addiction. Unfortunately, many providers avoid issues related to addiction and often do not recognize this problem in their patients. This may be because they find it easier not to address addiction, they do not feel comfortable discussing the topic, they do not know how to help, or they have a perception that little can be done. However, the primary care setting offers a safe place for patients and providers to explore addiction problems, build rapport, develop treatment plans and work together toward long term abstinence. Moreover, studies suggest that individuals with addiction benefit from having a regular source of medical care and from integration of addiction treatment with their primary medical care. This session will present various models of integrating addiction treatment into the primary care setting and examine the clinical evidence that integration is beneficial.
- Upon completion, participants will have gained knowledge of current models of integrating addiction treatment into primary care.
- Upon completion, participants will have gained knowledge of the effectiveness of integrating addiction treatment into primary care.
- Upon completion, participants will have gained insight into steps needed to develop their own model of integration