Research

“If we want more evidence-based practice, we need more practice-based evidence1".

Research advances the integration of behavioral health and primary care services. This Research section reflects the growing body of evidence in support of integrating behavioral health and primary care. The Academy has gathered the research literature on integration and identified opportunities for future research to enhance this strong and growing evidence base.

The literature includes key and foundational publications, as well as additional integration studies. If you are new to the field of integrating behavioral health and primary care, starting with the key and foundational publications may be helpful.

In addition to the latest published literature, research offerings also include grey literature in this emerging field. Grey literature covers a wealth of non-published resources such as web sites and dissertations.

To supplement existing studies, more research is needed that specifically tests clinical models, systems of care, financing and incentive models, and policy effects2-4. This research is important to build on the existing evidence that integration makes a real world difference in improving quality cost effectiveness and population health.

Funding is also available through both public and private entities to help advance the field. Monitor the Opportunities section page for information on research needs for the field and potential funding opportunities.


[1] Green L, Ottosen JM. From efficacy to effectiveness to community and back: Evidence based practice vs. practice based evidence. Proceedings of the From Clinical Trials to Community: The Science of Translating Diabetes and Obesity Research conference; 2004 Jan 12-13; Bethesda, MD.

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Primary care providers (PCPs) routinely see patients with multiple psychiatric and medical co-morbidities, and it is anticipated that recent health care reforms will increase the number of such patients. The PCPs need integrated behavioral health-primary care interventions that are flexible, applicable to the complex patient, and compatible with the primary care setting.