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Christina R (not verified)

Thu, 05/23/2019 - 10:49 am

Agree! Annual wellness visits are a key part of health promotion. However, I think mental wellness is often a missing piece to this. When was the last time your mental wellness was addressed at your annual visit? Do patients view counseling as a preventative measure? Does our healthcare system view it that way?

I also think about barriers PCPs face during wellness visits. A recent study cited major barriers like time constraints, lack of resources, and provider lack of confidence in treating complex disorders (Bagayogo, Turcios-Wiswe, Taku, Peccoralo, & Katz, 2018). If we want to truly promote health and prevent disease, we need to treat the whole person, and provide PCPs the education, time, and resources necessary to address mental health.