The Collaborative for Interdisciplinary Behavioral Health Education: A Case Study of Interdisciplinary Primary and Behavioral Medicine

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Current literature posits different relationships between physical and mental illness. For decades there have been debates on the cost of the presence of addiction or mental illness on the costs of general medical care. Current evidence suggests that it is common for mentally ill persons to be seeking treatment within general medical settings, such as primary care clinics and emergency departments. In fact during the regular course of illness management primary care practitioners are frequently faced with emergent mental illness. Studies of community and clinic-based samples indicate that physical illness is often comorbid with mental illness (Wells, Rogers, Burman, 1991; Koran, Sox, Marton; 1989; Proctor, Morrow-Howell, Dore, Wentz, Rubin, Thompson, & Li; 2003) This workshop will discuss current research related to prevelance and cost of comorbid physical and mental illness in medicine, the establishment, implementation and processes associated with instituting University based interdisciplinary training based on a base of core competencies specifically designed to impact healthcare practitioners ability to identify and concurrently treat comorbid physical and mental illness. Special emphasis will be placed on length of stay, cost and clinical outcomes associated with comorbid management of physical and mental health needs within the patient population.


Keywords: Interdisciplinary Care, Comorbid, Mental Illness, Physical Illness, Outcome, Evidence Based, Best Practice
Stream: Education and Social Welfare
Presentation Type: Workshop Presentation in English
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Dr. Kenneth Yeager

Associate Professor, College of Medicine
Department of Psychiatry, The Ohio State University

Columbus, OH, USA

Kenneth R. Yeager, Ph.D. is the director of Quality and Operational Improvement for Ohio State University, Harding Hospital, and Administrative Director of OSU Harding Hospital’s Outpatient Psychiatric Clinics. Dr. Yeager is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, The Ohio State University and has also served as adjunct faculty in the College of Social Work for the past 10 years. Dr. Yeager has twenty years experience as both an administrator and clinician in mental health and substance abuse treatment. Currently, Dr. Yeager is a Treating Clinician for the National Football League Program for Substances of Abuse. Areas of research interest include: implementation of evidence-based practice-research and evaluation, development of quality metrics, implementation of patient safety programming, development of unit hazard analysis, implementation of quality improvement processes within the medical and psychiatric healthcare settings, impact of co-morbid diagnosis on rehospitalization rates, substance dependence treatment with mentally ill chemical abusers, suicide prevention and processes of recovery within resistant populations. Dr. Yeager is an active member of the editorial board for the Brief Treatment and Crisis Intervention journal. He is co-editor of the 2004 Oxford University Press publication Evidence-based Practice Manual: Research and Outcome Measures in Health and Human Services. ISBN 0-19-516500-4.

Dr. Grayce Sills

Professor Emeritus, College of Nursing and
Department of Psychiatry, The Ohio State Unviersity

Columbus, OH, USA

Sills joined the faculty in 1964 as an assistant professor. By retirement in 1991, she had held a number of administrative positions, including director of the Advanced Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing Program, chair of the Department of Family and Community Nursing, director of graduate studies, and acting dean
of the College of Nursing. Sills was a leader in shaping Ohio State's College of
Nursing, including the development of the master's and doctoral programs and acquisition of college status. Her commitment and skill as a teacher earned her a Teaching and Service Award from the College of Medicine, and the Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching, the university's higest honor for teaching. Sills is a nationally acclaimed scholar in the field of psychiatric nursing and has served on a number of local and state committees to improve services for the mentally ill. In 1988 Gov. Richard Celeste appointed her to chair the Study Committee on Mental Health Services for the State of Ohio. A registered nurse, Sills holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Dayton. She earned her M.S. and Ph.D. at Ohio State. She holds an honorary doctorate from Indiana University and a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing.

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