Lexicon for Behavioral Health and Primary Care IntegrationAgency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) sent this bulletin at 05/15/2013 04:31 PM EDT
Lexicon for Behavioral Health and Primary Care IntegrationIn this emerging field, like others, it is important to develop shared language that enables communication and collaboration across sites, disciplines, and time. AHRQ Academy’s Lexicon is a set of concepts and definitions developed by expert consensus for what we mean by behavioral health and primary care integration—a functional definition—what things look like in practice.
The 2013 Lexicon for Behavioral Health and Primary Care Integration evolved from 4 years of work across two groups supported by AHRQ small conference grants and many individuals along the way. The final stage of work on this Lexicon was done by primary author C.J. Peek, working with the AHRQ National Integration Academy Council, Academy staff, and an additional patient representative and care manager clinician. Systematic methods for creating consensus definitions in complex subject matters were employed. The Lexicon, like language in any community, will no doubt continue to evolve as the field of integrated behavioral health develops and spreads.
Visit the AHRQ Academy for Integrating Behavioral Health and Primary Care portal to access the Lexicon at http://integrationacademy.ahrq.gov/lexicon.
Learn more about how to improve primary care. Visit AHRQ’s Prevention & Chronic Care Program at: http://www.ahrq.gov/professionals/prevention-chronic-care/index.html