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Integrating Behavioral Health into a Transplantation Service-One Institution's Approach

[ Vol. 13 , Issue. 1 ]

Author(s):

Paula Marcus   Pages 20 - 22 ( 3 )

Abstract:


Background: The epidemics of obesity, diabetes and hypertension as well as the high prevalence of Hepatitis C are the major contributors to end stage organ disease. Transplantation is the definitive cure for end stage organ failure. There is a high prevalence of depression, anxiety and substance abuse in transplant candidates and their caregivers. Integrating behavioral health into a transplant program helps to identify psychosocial problems, promotes treatment of these underlying conditions and improves outcomes.

Objective: The goal of the article is to describe one institution’s embedded multidisciplinary psychosocial program for transplant patients.

Keywords:

Integrated care, organ transplantation, psychiatric consultation, behavioral health, organ disease, hepatitis C.

Affiliation:

Psychosocial Service, Montefiore Einstein Center for Transplantation, 111 E. 210th Street, Bronx, NY 10467



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