Global approaches to integrated care: Best practices and ongoing innovation

Lisa K. Kearney, Antonette M. Zeiss, Mary Ann McCabe, Jill E. Thistlethwaite, Nav Chana, Shulin Chen, Barry S. Anton

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The integration of behavioral health in primary care is critical for addressing worldwide concerns for access to, and quality of, health care services for physical and mental health promotion, prevention, and disease management. Clearly, promoting knowledge exchange internationally is critical to progress. In late 2015, the American Psychological Association convened an interdisciplinary summit on global approaches to integrated health care, bringing together 82 health care professionals (nurses, primary care physicians, psychologists, psychiatrists, and social workers) and scholars from diverse disciplines in medicine, psychology, economics, health policy, public health, and demography; participants came from 10 countries. The Global Summit provided an opportunity to share best practices and innovation in patient-centered integrated health care internationally. In this article, Global Summit participants from different countries reflect on the recommendations for future interprofessional endeavors across the following themes: build international interprofessional communities for change; advocate for, and promote social equity with, a population health and patient focus; advance research and program evaluation in integrated care; advance interprofessional training and education in integrated care; and develop financially sustainable models for integrated primary care. Building upon these recommendations and reflecting on current advancement in health care policy and integrated care research, new directions are suggested for clinicians, researchers, administrators, and policymakers working toward the advancement of integrated care to improve health care services globally.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)668-682
Number of pages15
JournalAmerican Psychologist
Issue number5
StatePublished - Jul 2020


  • Health care reform
  • Integrated care
  • Integrated primary care

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Psychology


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