Ethical Challenges Unique to the Primary Care Behavioral Health (PCBH) Model

Christine N. Runyan, Stephanie Carter-Henry, Stacy Ogbeide

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The interprofessional nature of the Primary Care Behavioral Health (PCBH) model invites potential conflicts between different ethical guidelines and principles developed by separate professional disciplines. When the foundational model of care and training on which ethical principles were developed shifts, the assumptions underlying the guidance also shifts, revealing gaps and mismatches. This article reviews the extant literature in this realm, and proposes a more unifying set of ethical guidance for interprofessional, integrated primary care practice. We discuss common ethical dilemmas unique to the PCBH model through case examples, and then apply the newly proposed ethical guideline model to these cases to illustrate how the newly proposed model can be efficient and effective navigating these dilemmas.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)224-236
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 1 2018


  • Ethical issues in primary care
  • Ethical model
  • Interprofessional competencies
  • Primary care behavioral health model

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology


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