Card Study of the Collaborative Care Research Network

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Study Description and Methods

This study investigates the viability of whether collaborative models of primary care result in increased access to care by testing how often patients referred for behavioral health services actually initiate contact. This study will help understand the differences between those who initiate treatment and those who do not. We will use the Codman card methodology to collect process information from primary care physicians and behavioral health clinicians.

Specific Aims and Objectives

The specific aims for this study are:

  1. Describe the characteristics of patients who are treated in primary care practices in which a collaborative model of primary care and behavioral health clinician comanagement of care is used;
  2. Identify the differences between patients who initiate and do not initiate care after referral from primary care;
  3. Calculate rates of treatment initiation following referral to behavioral health;
  4. Determine the length of time between referral and treatment initiation;


This project is currently closed.  

Key Findings and Publications

Access the complete manuscripts:

Behavioral Health Referrals and Treatment Initiation Rates in Integrated Primary Care(8 page PDF)
: A Collaborative Care Research Network Study. Auxier A, Mullin D, Runyan C, et al. Trans Behav Med. 2012. EPub 6 June 2012. (5-page PDF file; About PDFs)

Establishing the Collaborative Care Research Network (CCRN): A Description of Initial Participating Sites(14 page PDF). Sieber WJ, Miller BF, Kessler R, et al.  Fam Sys Health. 2012;30(3):210-223

Key findings from this study were also presented at the seventh annual AHRQ National PBRN Research Conference, June 22-24 in Bethesda, Maryland.

Contact Information

For additional information about this study, please contact:

Rodger Kessler, PhD

This project was done in-kind. No outside funding was received.