Health Care for the Whole Person: Research Update

Nadine J. Kaslow, Annie M. Bollini, Benjamin Druss, Robert L. Glueckauf, Lewis R. Goldfrank, Kelly J. Kelleher, Annette Marie La Greca, R. Enrique Varela, Samuel S.H. Wang, Linda Weinreb, Lonnie Zeltzer

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Quality health care must be informed by the best available scientific knowledge. This article offers research evidence supporting "health care for the whole person." We present an integrative biopsychosocial framework that can serve as a useful foundation for translational research endeavors and the development, evaluation, and dissemination of evidence-based health and mental health interventions. Pain and depression are used as exemplars of the biopsychosocial model. Empirical support for mental health interventions in primary care settings is highlighted, with particular emphasis on the treatment of depression across the life span. Research, practice, and policy implications based on the extant evidence base for health care for the whole person are offered.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)278-289
Number of pages12
JournalProfessional Psychology: Research and Practice
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 2007

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Psychology


  • biopsychosocial
  • culture
  • evidence-based practice
  • intervention


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