Cardiac psychology training in a rural health care setting: East Carolina Heart Institute – DocWire News

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Health Psychol. 2022 Feb 28. doi: 10.1037/hea0001167. Online ahead of print.


The full partnership of clinical health psychology and cardiology optimizes patient-centered care to address the mental and behavioral needs of patients living with heart disease. This scenario is realized as the East Carolina Heart Institute (ECHI) at East Carolina University (ECU) in Greenville, North Caroline with co-location and co-training of psychologists and cardiologists. ECHI provides services to patients across the full disease continuum of cardiovascular disease (CVD), given the higher rates of heart disease in this rural area. The purpose of this article is to describe the cardiovascular behavioral medicine training model for clinical health psychology doctoral students and its adaptation during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) era. Through illustrative case examples, we describe the training model before the COVID-19 pandemic, during the transition to telehealth following the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, and then the entirely telehealth-based service model. We highlight notable strengths and challenges to delivering telehealth care to cardiac patients in a rural setting, while also discussing the health disparities that uniquely occur within this patient population in Eastern North Carolina. This innovative partnership fosters a responsive environment for training and clinical care, where the complex needs of patients with CVD are treated to increase their overall quality of life and well-being. (PsycInfo Database Record (c) 2022 APA, all rights reserved).

PMID:35225644 | DOI:10.1037/hea0001167


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