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The development and improvement process of adding behavioral health services provided by a licensed psychologist to a follow up clinic for heart transplant recipients. The paper outlines the process of behavioral health integration, lessons learned, and the important implications of increased access to behavioral health for transplant recipients.

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Why is it important?

Heart failure and cardiac transplantation are typically accompanied by a host of psychosocial challenges, such as increased rates of depression and anxiety, stress, and life-long health behavior management (i.e. medication adherence, regular medical follow-up). Thus, heart transplant recipients could benefit to regularly available, and normative, access to behavioral health care to assess and mitigate psychosocial risk factors and support optimal quality of life following transplant.

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This page is a summary of: Cardiac behavioral medicine following heart transplant: A novel integrated care clinic model., Health Psychology, November 2021, American Psychological Association (APA), DOI: 10.1037/hea0001134.
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