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What is integrated primary care (IPC)?
Integrated Primary Care combines medical and behavioral health services to more fully address the spectrum of problems that patients bring to primary medical care. Because the vast majority of patients in primary care have either a physical ailment that is affected by stress, problems maintaining healthy lifestyles, a psychological disorder or a substance use disorder, it is clinically effective and cost effective to make behavioral health providers part of the primary medical care team.
IPC allows patients to feel that for any problem they bring, they have come to the right place. By teaming behavioral health and medical providers, IPC is the structural realization of the biopsychosocial model advocated so broadly in Family Medicine and Psychiatry. It is the reunification in practice of the mind and the body, for so long addressed in the separate worlds of medical and mental health treatment.
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