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More Than a Bad Habit

Nicotine dependence should be treated as a chronic condition, according to the authors, and requires ongoing medical and behavioral treatment.

OPINION -- Tobacco use related illness is the single greatest cause of preventable disease and death, taking a huge toll in lives and dollars.

Southern Oregon Providers Work to Embed Behavioral Health into Primary Clinics

The effort, initially funded by a 2006 grant, is now being extended to coordinated care organizations in southern Oregon

March 24, 2012—A quick, 15-minute appointment with a mental health counselor to talk about the effects of stress and anxiety when a person has an ulcer is radically different than a traditional hour long appointment with a counselor. But providers in southern Oregon are discovering that such appointments, which integrate mental healthcare in the same primary care setting, go a long way toward improving a patient’s health.

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