Below are a few recent and notable journal articles pertaining to integrated healthcare—though the list is far from exhaustive as research evolves daily.

Integrated Care
  • Enhanced Case Management versus Substance Abuse Treatment Alone among Substance Abusers with Depression, Social Work Research, 2013 This pilot study evaluated the effectiveness of enhanced case management for individuals with substance abuse and comorbid major depression, which was an integrated approach to care.
  • Integrated Behavioral Health: Implications for Individual and Family Counseling Practice, The Family Journal, 2013 This article describes the need for an integrated form of behavioral health, including the theoretical basis and medical offset effect. Emerging trends in psychotherapy practice are also noted, as well as the implications of integrated behavioral health for individual mental health and family counseling practice.
  • Integrating Substance Abuse Care with Community Diabetes Care: Implications for Research and Clinical Practice, Substance Abuse and Rehabilitation, 2013 This commentary discusses the scope and clinical implications of the public health problem of coexisting substance use and diabetes, including suggestions for future research.
  • Integration of Depression and Primary Care: Barriers to Adoption, Journal of Primary Care & Community Health, 2013 Despite the prevailing consensus as to its value, the adoption of integrated care models is not widespread. Thus, the objective of this article it to examine the barriers to the adoption of depression and primary care models in the United States
  • Lessons Learned from a Colocation Model Using Psychiatrists in Urban Primary Care Settings, Journal of Primary Care & Community Health, 2013 The providers found the experience highly rewarding and colocation was financially sustainable under certain conditions. The colocation model was effective in identifying and treating psychiatric comorbidities.
  • A Behavioral Weight-Loss Intervention in Persons with Serious Mental Illness, New England Journal of Medicine, 2013 People with serious mental illnesses such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and major depression can lose weight and keep it off through a modified lifestyle intervention program called Achieve.
  • Smoking Cessation, Depression, and Exercise: Empirical Evidence, Clinical Needs, and Mechanisms, Nicotine and Tobacco Research, 2013 This narrative review describes research on exercise and depression and exercise and smoking cessation. This review suggests that exercise may reduce depressive symptoms following cessation and provide a useful strategy for managing withdrawal symptoms in smokers with major depressive disorder.

 Co-Occurring Physical and Behavioral Health Conditions

Treating Mental Illness
  •  Primary Care – Public Health Partnership Addressing Homelessness, Serious Mental Illness, and Health Disparities, Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine, 2013 People with histories of homelessness and serious mental illness experience profound health disparities. Housing First is an evidenced-based practice that is working to end homelessness for these individuals through a combination of permanent housing and community-based supports.
  • Adverse Childhood Experiences: Retrospective Study to Determine their Impact on Adult Health Behaviours and Health Outcomes in a UK Population, Journal of Public Health, 2013 Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) contribute to poor life-course health and social outcomes in a UK population. Study findings that show ACEs are linked to involvement in violence, early unplanned pregnancy, incarceration, and unemployment suggest a cyclic effect where those with higher ACE counts have higher risks of exposing their own children to ACEs.
  • Efficacy and Safety of Screening for Postpartum Depression, Effective Health Care Program Comparative Effectiveness Review, 2013 The potential effectiveness of screening for postpartum depression appears to be related to the availability of systems to ensure adequate follow-up of women with positive results. The ideal characteristics of a screening test for postpartum depression, including sensitivity, specificity, timing, and frequency, have not been defined. Because the balance of benefits and harms, at both the individual level and health system level, is highly dependent on these characteristics, broad consensus on these characteristics is needed.
  • Managing Adolescent Depression: The Complete Guide for Primary Care Clinicians, Civic Research Institute, 2012 This book compiles the latest research, assessment tools, and treatment strategies, contributed by nationally recognized clinicians and researchers, in regards to adolescent depression. The book is primarily written for primary care providers.
  • Pilot Study of a Statewide Initiative to Enhance Depression Care Among Older Home Care Patients, An Interdisciplinary Focus to Home Health Care Management & Practice, 2013 This pilot study, part of a statewide initiative to enhance depression care, evaluated the influence of a 2-hour depression screening and intervention workshop on home care professionals’ knowledge, self-efficacy, and attitudes related to depression in older home care patients.


Substance Use and Treatment

Tobacco Cessation
  •  Carbon Monoxide Meter: The Essential Clinical Tool – the ‘Stethoscope’ – of Smoking Cessation, Journal of Smoking Cessation, 2013 This article states that carbon monoxide monitors offer the tobacco treatment specialist an independent clinical tool that provides valuable evidence in identifying, educating, assessing and treating the tobacco dependent patient.
  • Do Symptoms and Cognitive Problems Affect the Use and Efficacy of a Web-Based Decision Support System for Smokers With Serious Mental Illness? Journal of Dual Diagnosis, 2012 Previous research has shown that a web-based motivational decision support system tailored for people with serious mental illnesses is associated with increased use of evidence-based cessation treatment. The study examines how user characteristics, including cognitive functioning and psychiatric symptoms, impact use and outcomes of the website.
  • Sustainment of Smoking Cessation Programs in Substance Use Disorder Treatment Organizations, Nicotine & Tobacco Research, 2013 These findings provide empirical support for theoretical perspectives regarding the importance of leadership and staff expertise in promoting sustainment of innovations over time. Although the majority of SUD treatment organizations sustained their smoking cessation programs, the 40% rate of discontinuation highlights the ongoing challenges faced by tobacco control efforts in substance abuse treatment.