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.
- evidence-based practice
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