Evaluating the Role of a Psychologist in Pediatric Wellness Visits in Rural Tennessee

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The aim of this project was to examine key medical and behavioral health issues identified in the context of integrated wellness visits. Specifically, this study sought to examine the role of psychologists in pediatric wellness visits, including the early identification of behavioral, developmental, and learning problems, as well as the delivery of brief, effective interventions. The study was conducted at Cherokee Health Systems, a fully integrated pediatric practice in East Tennessee, which follows a fully integrated model of integrated primary care. Data was obtained from a record review of 100 participants, providing a total of 373 well visits. Outcomes demonstrate that behavioral and developmental concerns are raised at a higher rate than in non-integrated practices. Specifically, visits in which the psychologist was present, 44.42% resulted in some concern being raised. Further, 36.24% of visits resulted in psychosocial concern(s) being raised. This figure is significant given that 22% of well visits typically result in discussion of some psychosocial concern consistently found in the research literature. Additionally, of concerns raised, 81.87% were raised directly with/by the psychologist on staff, who is able to offer immediate interventions when concerns are raised.


Johnson City, TN

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