What: The association between mental health and physical health has a long history, yet the two disciplines often are viewed as disparate pieces of patient care. Making this link between a patient’s physical and mental well-being is becoming paramount in terms of streamlining a patient’s medical lifecycle. Bridging the gap is essential for creating a smarter roadmap to understand these cause-and-effect relationships and ending this false duality.
Why: An example given is a behavioral health therapist who documents a patient’s lack of transportation. Although this factor may seem irrelevant to physical health, the cardiologist who accesses this information might finally understand the real reason for a patient’s subpar pharmacotherapy results.