Unit One: Introduction to Integrated Behavioral & Physical Health Care

Chapter 5: Chronic Health Conditions and Mental Health (a basic overview)

Learning Objectives

1.5.1. Summarize the research demonstrating the relationship between complications and morbidity in patients with chronic diseases and behavioral health problems.

1.5.2. Explain how addressing mental health problems can positively affect the treatment of chronic disease and vice versa.

1.5.3. Describe the common behavioral health needs of people with chronic disease.

1.5.4. Identify the health behaviors and habits that cause common physical health problems.

1.5.5. List common biometric and lab screening tests for monitoring chronic disease.

Reading Assignments & Videos


  • The Behavioral Health Specialist in Primary Care: Skills for Integrated Practice: Chapter 2; pgs 21-37

Online Articles:

Optional Articles:

  • Clarifying Multi-morbidity Patterns to Improve Targeting and Delivery of Clinical Services for Medicaid Populations; Center for Health Care Strategies Inc., Faces of Medicaid Data Brief; CHCS;
  • Complementary and Alternative Therapies in Behavioral Health; Social Work Today, November/December 2009 Issue, Vol. 9 No. 6 P. 8; Christina Reardon. Complementary and alternative therapies are being practiced in several areas of medicine, this article briefly looks at how they are being integrated into behavioral health.
  • Link: http://www.socialworktoday.com/archive/112309p8.shtml

Optional Videos:

  • Community Health Plan of Washington MHIP – Collaborative Care: Evidence and Outcomes; Wayne Katon, MD, University of Washington 22min);
    • Link (broken): http://chpw.org/gau/chapter2.htm
  • IMPACT Module 8: Chronic Medical Illnesses and Depression (38 min);


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