Effectiveness of Primary Care-Behavioral Health Integration in Asian American-Specific Mental Health Setting
objective: This study evaluated the effectiveness of the Primary Care-Behavioral Health Integration program specifically serving Asian American immigrant adults with SMI.
method: Longitudinal data were collected every six months for the duration of the multi-year program. The present study (n=164) examined 6-month change in individuals’ physical (e.g., BMI and blood pressure) and psychosocial outcomes (e.g., K6 measure of psychological functioning) beginning with enrollment in the program.
results: The mean age of participants was 48.2 years (SD =11.9). There were 44% males and 56% females. Ten Asian ethnic groups were included in the study including Chinese (41.6%), Cambodian (18.6%), Vietnamese (18%) and Korean (9.9%). Preliminary findings from paired t-tests indicated statistically significant improvement in participants’ psychosocial functioning and reduction in non-specific psychological distress. There were no statistically significant changes in waist circumference, BMI and blood pressure.
discussion: The findings provide initial support for the effectiveness of a primary care-behavioral health integration program for Asian Americans with SMI, particularly in improving the general psychological functioning and reducing psychological distress. Future studies will focus on examining the long-term impact of integration care.
Learning Areas:Conduct evaluation related to programs, research, and other areas of practice
Diversity and culture
Evaluate the effectiveness of the Primary Care-Behavioral Health Integration program specifically serving Asian American immigrant adults with serious mental illness
Keyword(s): Asian Americans, Health Disparities/Inequities
Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am currently a graduate student in the clinical-community psychology program at DePaul University. I have been conducting research addressing health disparities among Asian Americans and other ethnic minorities. My research interest focuses on the promotion of recovery among Asian Americans with serious mental illness. I am also an investigator in the current research that I am applying to present in this APHA annual meeting. I declare no conflict of interests in this event.
Any relevant financial relationships? No
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