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March 9, 2020

Promotion of Mental Health as a Key Element of Pediatric Care

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  • 1Division of Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics, Center for Children With Special Needs, Floating Hospital for Children, Tufts Medical Center, Boston, Massachusetts
JAMA Pediatr. 2020;174(5):413-415. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2020.0020

Numerous national surveys, cohort studies, and meta-analyses have documented the etiologic and experiential connections between childhood abuse, physical illness, and mental health disorders1,2 spanning from childhood to adulthood. Yet pediatric training and practice typically focus primarily on the identification and treatment of physical health conditions. The recent advent of enthusiasm for integrated care is a welcome nod to the marked comorbidities that have been amply reported.

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