Addressing Medical Issues
This article offers strategies to help behavior analysts address medical issues which may affect behavioral intervention, beginning with the intake process and continuing through treatment and the coordination of care with other healthcare providers. The Behavior Analyst Certification Board’s ethical guidelines for seeking medical consultation are reviewed. The importance of documenting clients’ medical histories at intake and keeping updated medical files is emphasized. Behavioral manifestations and data patterns that may serve as red flags for medical problems are reviewed, with an emphasis on clients with limited verbal skills who cannot describe their symptoms. Multiple aspects of the behavior analyst’s role in the coordination of care for clients’ medical conditions are discussed.
Copeland, L., & Buch, G. (2019). Addressing Medical Issues in Behavior Analytic Treatment. Behavior analysis in practice, 13(1), 240–246. https://doi.org/10.1007/s40617-019-00342-9