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William Sieber, PhD, Editor for Integrated Primary Care SIG

Collaborative Care Research Network (CCRN)

Integrated Primary Care, often referred to as Collaborative Care, has become very popular recently and is seen as a core element of the patient-centered medical home, a driving force in the changing health care world. For integrated primary care to maintain credibility and influence, more data on the expected benefits of such collaboration is needed. A recent Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) systematic review concluded that integrated and collaborative care was generally effective, but that currently there was no evidence that any particular models were superior or that specific elements account for effectiveness. Combined with the growing importance of conducting Comparative Effectiveness Research (CER), the Collaborative Care Research Network (CCRN) has been created. SBM member, Rodger Kessler, PhD ABPP, and Ben Miller, Psy.D. have led efforts to develop this Practice Based Research Network (PBRN), designed to promote research examining the important issues in this burgeoning field. The administrative structure has been established with a steering committee and several sub-committees that will help research ideas from members to be implemented in dozens of participating sites around the country. Clinicians and/or practice sites interested in joining may enroll at http://www.aafp.org/nrn/ccrn

Cross-SIG collaboration

Recent SBM meetings have featured an increasing number of pre-conference workshops and presentations at the SBM Annual meeting which have been co-sponsored and jointly delivered by multiple SIGs. The IPC SIG is especially well-suited to collaborate on such projects given that the implementation of services offered and studied by other SIGs (e.g., pain, diabetes, obesity) often occurs in the primary care setting. Watch for announcements of such collaborations being planned for the 2012 meeting and be sure to attend these exciting sessions.

Collaborative Family Healthcare Association (CFHA) conference

For those interested in integrated primary care, the Collaborative Family Healthcare Association is a great meeting to attend. Their annual meeting will be held this October 27th - 29th in Philadelphia. To find out more or to register go to http://www.cfha.net

Information, resources, and training opportunities in Integrated Primary Care

To learn more about training opportunities to deliver behavioral health interventions in primary care settings, be sure to visit Dr. Sandy Blount's (SBM Fellow) website: http://www.integratedprimarycare.com