Integrative Healthcare with Donna Vaughan

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Integrative Healthcare

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“Integrated Care is treating the whole person. We believe that treating the mind—the mental health issues—for a person is just as important as treating the medical issues for a person. So, treating that whole person, you see results for improved health care. And that’s our goal: to improve the patient’s overall health and quality of life. A patient that comes in with Diabetes, there’s a great likelihood that patients who have Diabetes will also have depression. So, if we can get their Diabetes under control, we see an improvement with their depression, and vice versa.”

“If there’s four or more adverse childhood events, there’s a strong indication that that person will suffer two or more chronic diseases in their life, as well as behavioral health issues. So, if we can address that in children, we can prevent further behavioral health or medical issues for that child. And for adults coming in the door, when they’ve had these traumatic events, or adverse events in their lives, we can help them to understand what’s going on in their body. And when the behavioral health side of things improves for a person—their depression, their anxiety—it is remarkable to see how that helps the medical issues to improve. Those chronic diseases are better managed as a result.”

“The behavioral health provider’s area of expertise is how to motivate the patient to change. And a lot of times, the medical providers do get frustrated with the patient. They see the patient as non-compliant, whereas a behavioral health provider can go in and kind of get to the root of the issue, and see what the barriers are—to that person really being compliant with the care. And once you know that, the surface is kind of scraped away, and we can see what the issues really are. Then we see the patient in a different light. And the medical provider sees the patient in a different light: they’re not being difficult, they just had these barriers to overcome. And that they really do want to change, it’s just a matter of knowing how and having the tools to change.”

“One of the main things for integrated care that helps patients is that they can come into their primary care physician and receive…it’s kind of a one stop shop, if you will. There’s the behavioral health provider as well as the medical provider, and it does, it reduces the stigma. The majority of people, if they’re referred out to specialty mental health, very few actually follow through with that appointment. So, the success rate of a person actually receiving some behavioral health intervention is very high when you receive that right in your primary care office. And that behavioral health provider can consult directly with the medical provider. And you just receive better overall care.”

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