Collaborative Medicine Case Studies

Evidence in Practice

  • Rodger Kessler
  • Dale Stafford

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Background

    1. Rodger Kessler, Dale Stafford
      Pages 3-8
    2. Rodger Kessler, Dale Stafford
      Pages 9-21
  3. Organizing Collaborative Care in Medical Settings

  4. Primary Care Life

    1. Alexander Blount, Ronald Adler
      Pages 97-104
    2. Christopher L. Hunter, Jeffrey L. Goodie, Pamela M. Williams
      Pages 115-125
    3. Beverly E. Thorn, Gary R. Kilgo, Laura Pence, Mary Kilgo
      Pages 127-141
    4. Jo Ellen Patterson, Todd M. Edwards, Gene A. Kallenberg, Sol D'Urso
      Pages 143-152
    5. Mark S. Warner, M. Lucy Freeman, Lonn Guidry
      Pages 153-166
  5. Women’s Health

  6. Specialty Mental Health Care to Medical Patients

  7. Chronic Medical Illness

  8. Psychiatric and Comorbid Disorders in Primary Care

    1. Tai J. Mendenhall, Mary T. Kelleher, Macaran A. Baird, William J. Doherty
      Pages 327-340
    2. John Matthew, William Fink, Lauri Snetsinger
      Pages 341-350
    3. Jennifer Hodgson, Charles Shuman, Ryan Anderson, Amy Blanchard, Patrick Meadors, Janie Sowers
      Pages 351-363
  9. Pain

    1. William B. Gunn Jr, Dominic Geffken
      Pages 367-374
    2. Daniel Bruns, Thomas J. Lynch
      Pages 375-386
    3. Christine N. Runyan, Scott A. Schinaman, William T. O’Donohue
      Pages 399-407
  10. Conclusion

    1. Rodger Kessler, Dale Stafford
      Pages 423-429
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 431-440

About this book


Collaborative Medicine Case Studies

Evidence in Practice

Edited by Rodger Kessler and Dale Stafford, Berlin Family Health, Montpelier, Vermont and Department of Family Medicine University of Vermont College of Medicine


Just as the mind and body collaborate in maintaining one’s health, collaboration between primary and behavioral health care can bring patients more efficacious treatment and better long-term results, from better compliance with or less dependence on medication to more effective use of health care services.

Collaborative Medicine Case Studies shows physicians and mental health practitioners working together across a variety of settings to assess and treat entrenched illnesses, combined physical and psychological conditions (back pain/panic attacks, diabetes/bipolar disorder), and cases that defy straightforward diagnosis. At the same time, the cases reflect the economic and financial realities of contemporary health care.

The cases discussed generate creative solutions using different levels of collaboration depending on patient need and site variables, but all share important similarities: close communication, careful follow-up by physician and behavioral health collaborators, and patients who would not have been treated as effectively without collaborative care. Blending research evidence, clinical insight, welcome humor, and realistic optimism, these cases demonstrate impressive successes, instructive setbacks, and comparative viewpoints while shedding light on the logistical, financial, and training challenges of integrative practice.

A sampling of the three dozen cases:

  • The head and the brain: migraines, orofacial pain, tinnitus.
  • Comorbid PTSD and persistent pain.
  • Individuals and couples with complex medical/emotional problems.
  • Chronic illnesses: obesity, spina bifida, cardiovascular disease.
  • A Hmong woman’s post-immigration depression.
  • A physician with anorexia
  • Burn patients who keep coming back without treatment success.

Collaborative Medicine Case Studies is a blueprint for a vanguard in care, not only for physicians and psychologists but also for professionals and graduate students in health psychology and health care administration and finance.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Rodger Kessler
    • 1
  • Dale Stafford
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Family MedicineUniversity of VermontBerlinUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer New York 2008
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Behavioral Science
  • Print ISBN 978-0-387-76893-9
  • Online ISBN 978-0-387-76894-6
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