PHOTO BY TOM CROKE
The Veteran’s Administration has been a leader in delivering home-based care for more than a decade, according to Brian Zuzelo, Psy.D., psychologist at the Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital at the Bedford VA in Massachusetts.

Mobile psychologists: House calls making a comeback

By Phyllis Hanlon

In the 1930s, approximately 40 percent of all patient encounters happened in the home, according to the American Academy of Family Physicians. By 1950, that number had dropped to 10 percent and 30 years later, the practice was almost non-existent. Recently, however, house calls have been making a comeback, but with a twist. In some cases, behavioral health specialists are becoming part of an integrated care team that aims to treat the whole patient. Kirke McVay, MA, private practitioner in Bennington, Vermont, made his first mobile visit several years ago, when one of his patients had spinal surgery and was [More]