Integrating Biopsychosocial Intervention Research in a Changing Health Care Landscape

Kathleen Ell, Hyunsung Oh, Shinyi Wu

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Objective: Safety net care systems are experiencing unprecedented change from the Affordable Care Act, Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) uptake, health information technology application, and growing of mental health care integration within primary care. This article provides a review of previous and current efforts in which social workers deliver biopsychosocial depression care. Method: Recent research trials tested biopsychosocial care for patients with major depression and concurrent illness and technology-facilitated patient–provider and provider–provider communication within the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services (DHS). In addition, qualitative studies assessed patient, social worker, and medical provider perceptions. Results: DHS has recently activated its PCMH model, technology applications aimed at facilitating cross-provider communication, and the integration of colocated social workers. Conclusions: This article demonstrates both need and opportunity to develop, apply, and test social work integrated biopsychosocial and technology activated care within a large safety net care system.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)28-34
Number of pages7
JournalResearch on Social Work Practice
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • affordable care act
  • health technology
  • patient-centered medical home

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Psychology(all)


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