The Collaborative for Interdisciplinary Behavioral Health Education: A Case Study of Interdisciplinary Primary and Behavioral Medicine
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
Dr. Kenneth Yeager
Associate Professor, College of Medicine
Dr. Grayce Sills
Professor Emeritus, College of Nursing and
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.