Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the most frequent cause of death in the United States. CVD affects more than a third of the U.S. population translating to approximately $431.8 billion in direct and indirect costs (Rosamond et al., 2007 as cited in Hunter et al., 2009). Given the significant rates of mental health issues exhibited in cardiovascular patients coupled with the lack of standard screening practices of psychosocial risk factors implicated in cardiovascular disease, the introduction of adequate assessment and referrals to mental health providers could substantially benefit health outcomes of patients.
The aims of this project are to: 1) provide recommendations of assessment practices for healthcare providers treating patients with cardiovascular disease, so they can more accurately assess and refer patients to behavioral health services; and 2) explore organizational change management strategies in creating successful, sustainable plans of integrating psychological assessments and referral practices into routine care for patients with CVD.
School of Behavioral Health
Arechiga, Adam L.
Vermeersch, David A.
Doctor of Psychology (PsyD)
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Library of Congress/MESH Subject Headings
Cardiovascular Diseases - Psychology; Needs Assessment; Referral and Consultation; Patient Acceptance of Health Care - Psychology; Models - Psychological
Subject - Local
Psychosocial risk factors; Assessment Practices; Referrals; Patient Health Outcomes; Organizational Change Management Strategies
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Sadeghi, Sarah June, "Behavioral Assessment and Referral for Patients with Cardiovascular Disease" (2015). Loma Linda University Electronic Theses, Dissertations & Projects. 315.
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