Assessing the Integration of Behavioral Health Services in Primary Care in Colombia

Adm Policy Ment Health. 2020 May;47(3):435-442. doi: 10.1007/s10488-019-01002-4.


Integration of behavioral health care into primary care can improve health and economic outcomes. This study adapted the Behavioral Health Integration in Medical Care (BHIMC) index to the Colombian context and assessed the baseline level of behavioral health integration in a sample of primary care organizations. The BHIMC was able to detect the capacity to provide integrated behavioral care in Colombian settings. Results indicate a minimal to partial integration level across all sites, and that it is possible to measure the degree of integrated care capacity and identify improvement areas for better behavioral health care provision.

Keywords: Behavioral health; Integrated care; International collaboration; Primary health care; Substance use disorders treatment.

Publication types

  • Evaluation Study
  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

MeSH terms

  • Colombia
  • Delivery of Health Care, Integrated*
  • Humans
  • International Cooperation
  • Interviews as Topic
  • Mental Health Services / organization & administration*
  • Observation
  • Primary Health Care / organization & administration*
  • Psychometrics
  • Qualitative Research
  • Substance-Related Disorders