High-Impact Mental Health–Primary Care Research for Patients with Multiple Comorbidities



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.

In order to generate practice-ready solutions for rapid uptake by PCPs, a new direction is required for behavioral health-primary care research.  In this article, an approach that involves both methodological rigor and real-world relevance is proposed to stimulate such research. This approach emphasizes:

  • generating knowledge needed by decision-makers,
  • using practice-based evidence and methods that are efficient, and
  • planning for sustainability, as well as broad uptake from the beginning.

Learning health care systems are thought to offer great promise for generating this high-impact research.

The article may be found at: http://ps.psychiatryonline.org/article.aspx?articleID=1831984&utm_source=Silverchair%20Information20Systems&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=PsychiatricServicesnowavailableonPsychiatryOnline04/02/2014