Integrative healthcare approaches are known to improve patient outcomes by delivering systematic and cost-effective approaches to care (Raney, 2015). Adolescents who survive gunshot wounds present to primary care for long term management with a complex constellation of physiological and psychological symptoms, and these youth require a systematic approach to their recovery. Collaboration between primary care providers and behavioral health providers allows for treatment of the whole person, including pain management, physical recovery, and psychological recovery. Furthermore, integrated care also yields benefits to providers such as professional support and education outside of their primary area of expertise. This case report highlights an integrated care approach between a pediatrician and a licensed clinical social worker, offering suggestions to maximize care under pain management recommendations.
Snyder, S. E. (2020). Integrated Health Approaches to Pain Management and PTSD with Adolescent Gunshot-Wound Survivors. Retrieved from https://digitalcommons.wcupa.edu/swgrad_stuwork/1