Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Collaborative relationships between medical and behavioral health providers in an urban primary care system
by Hardley, David S., Psy.D., Adler School of Professional Psychology, 2014, 200; 3582462
Abstract (Summary)

This study explored the collaborative relationships between primary care medical providers and behavioral health providers in an integrated urban primary care system. The goal of the research was to gain insight into provider collaborative experiences, explore factors that affect collaborative frequency, and make recommendations for improving and increasing collaboration. Five variables related to Rapport, Understanding behavioral health provider roles and capabilities, Provider self-confidence, Organizational support, and Patient openness were identified from the primary care literature and hypothesized to have an effect on collaboration. The study sample consisted of 33 primary care providers and 10 behavioral health providers working in collaboration at the PCC Community Wellness Centers, a network of clinics which provide health care services to medically under-served communities on Chicago's West and South sides. The investigator designed a Likert-style instrument to survey primary care providers and a parallel instrument to survey behavioral health providers. The instruments consisted of a demographics page, Likert-style questionnaire, numerical practice estimate questions, and open-ended qualitative questions. The investigator hypothesized a linear relationship between each of the five study variables and collaboration. Each of the hypotheses was tested using a Pearson product-moment correlation coefficient (Pearson's r). The results of hypotheses testing did not support any of the predicted relationships. Despite the absence of statistically significant findings, the current study advances the understanding of collaborative relationships in primary care, raises new questions for future research, and offers recommendations and practical applications for enhancing collaboration.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Vannucci, Marla
School: Adler School of Professional Psychology
School Location: United States -- Illinois
Source: DAI-B 76/07(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Mental health, Behavioral psychology, Medicine
Keywords: Behavioral Health, Collaboration, Collaborative Case, Intergrated care, Primary Care, Relationship
Publication Number: 3582462
ISBN: 978-1-321-62816-6
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