Primary Care Behavioral Health (PCBH) Model Research: Current State of the Science and a Call to Action

Christopher L Hunter, Jennifer S Funderburk, Jodi Polaha, David Bauman, Jeffrey L Goodie, Christine M Hunter

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The Primary Care Behavioral Health (PCBH) model of service delivery is being used increasingly as an effective way to integrate behavioral health services into primary care. Despite its growing popularity, scientifically robust research on the model is lacking. In this article, we provide a qualitative review of published PCBH model research on patient and implementation outcomes. We review common barriers and potential solutions for improving the quantity and quality of PCBH model research, the vital data that need to be collected over the next 10 years, and how to collect those data.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)127-156
Number of pages30
JournalJournal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 2018


  • Behavioral Medicine/organization & administration
  • Delivery of Health Care, Integrated/organization & administration
  • Forecasting
  • Health Services Needs and Demand/organization & administration
  • Health Services Research/organization & administration
  • Humans
  • Interdisciplinary Communication
  • Intersectoral Collaboration
  • Patient Care Team/organization & administration
  • Primary Health Care/organization & administration
  • United States


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