Advancing the Science of Effective Behavioral Treatments in Primary Care – 1
Narrator: This is NIH Health Matters. I’m Joe Balintfy. A recent conference has identified research issues and highlighted a future scientific agenda regarding primary medical care.
Turner: This particular conference is talking about what we call the complex patient.
Narrator: Dr. Barbara Turner is with the University of Pennsylvania, and Executive Deputy Editor of the Annals of Internal Medicine.
Turner: So, what we are trying to think about is how to evaluate and structure a health care delivery system that meets patients’ needs and uses the physician and allied health personnel in a really creative and effective way to deal with the breadth of patient issues.
Narrator: She adds, a "complex patient" could be someone who may need treatment for tobacco addiction, chronic depression, diabetes, and coronary disease. Health Matters is produced by the National Institutes of Health, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
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