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Bioethics and Medical Ethics | Pharmacology | Psychiatry and Psychology | Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy | Psychology


Increasing emphasis on interprofessionalism and teamwork in healthcare renders psychologists’ collaborations critical and invites reexamination of psychologists’ roles related to medications. The Collaboration Level outlined by the APA’s Ad Hoc Task Force is more achievable and in synch with health reform than prescription privileges (RxP). RxP remains controversial due to training and safety concerns, lacking support from health professionals, psychologists, and consumers. Differences in educational preparation of psychologists relative to prescribing professionals are discussed. Enactment of only three of 170 RxP initiatives reveals RxP to be a costly, ineffectual agenda. Alternatives (e.g., integrated care, collaboration, telehealth) increase access without risks associated with lesser medical knowledge. Concerns about RxP and the movement toward team-based care warrant reconsideration of the profession’s objectives regarding psychopharmacology.

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This article is the author-created version that incorporates referee comments. It is the accepted-for-publication version. The content of this version may be identical to the published version (the version of record) save for value-added elements provided by the publisher (e.g., copy editing, layout changes, or branding consistent with the rest of the publication).


This is the accepted version of the following article: Psychologists and Medications in the Era of Interprofessional Care: Collaboration is Less Problematic and Costly Than Prescribing, Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice, 2013, volume 20, issue 4, pages 489-507, which has been published in final form at http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/cpsp.12054.

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William N. Robiner, Tim R. Tumlin, & Tanya L. Tompkins
Psychologists and medications in the era of interprofessional care: collaboration is less problematic and costly than prescribing.
Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice, 2013, volume 20, issue 4, pages 489-507



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