Winter 2016 edition of the Integrated Care Pathway Newsletter
Research Networking Group


Ramanpreet Toor, MD
UW Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences 

Integrated Care Interests
I developed an interest in Collaborative Care in my 4th year of psychiatry residency while working in primary care clinics as a psychiatry consultant following a traditional co-located care model. Working in multiple primary care and OB-GYN clinics as a psychiatry consultant, I realized that there was not only a need to improve access to mental health care but also education about evidence-based psychiatric treatments. During my psychosomatic medicine fellowship, I was part of a team who worked on starting a Collaborative Care model in our first primary care clinic and also participated in educating internal medicine and family medicine residents about psychiatric diagnosis, as well as evidence-based psychiatric treatments. My other interests include inpatient consult-liaison psychiatry, telepsychiatry, and women’s mental health.

Highlighted Project
I am working as a psychiatry consultant at UWMC inpatient C-L service and am a psychiatric consultant to three UW neighborhood clinics as part of the Behavioral Health Integration Program. I am also doing telepsychiatry consultation for Capitol Medical Center. I am also working with Anna Ratzliff, MD, PhD on Collaborative Care training at UW, including rotations for residents and the new integrated care fellowship.

Favorite Northwest Treasure
I am enjoying the northwest and still exploring the area. Some of the places that I have enjoyed so far are the Seattle Japanese garden and Washington park arboretum. One of my favorite places to eat is “Chaat House” with all Indian fast food options.

Contact information


Call For Abstracts | APA IPS 2016

There are opportunities to present or speak at IPS: The Mental Health Services Conference 2016 in Washington, D.C. on October 6 – 9, 2016!

Submit your proposals for: Workshops, Symposia, Reports and Posters.
The submission site will be open through January 18. The scientific program committee is particularly interested in submissions that focus on: Addiction Medicine, Administrative Psychiatry / Issues faced by Medical Directors, Integrated Care and Interdisciplinary care, Prevention (primary, secondary, and tertiary), Quality and Measurement and Technology in health care.

For more information or to submit a proposal, please visit the APA IPS website.


Graduate Paper from Kathryn Norfleet, MD
Norfleet, K.R., Ratzliff, A.D., Chan, Y.F., Raney, L.E., Unützer, J.. (2015). The Role of the Integrated Care Psychiatrist in Community Settings: A Survey of Psychiatrists' Perspectives. Psychiatric Services. doi:10.1176/ Epub 2015 Mar 27.

Integrated Care Education
Huang, H., Barkil-Oteo, A.. (2015). Teaching Collaborative Care in Primary Care Settings for Psychiatry Residents. Psychosomatics, 56(6):658-61. doi:10.1016/j.psym.2015.03.006

Ratzliff, A., Phillips, K.E., Sugarman, J.R., Unützer, J., Wagner, E.H. (2015). Practical Approaches for Achieving Integrated Behavioral Health Care in Primary Care Settings. Am J Med Qual. pii: 1062860615618783

Note: Please read the Behavioral Health Integration Implementation Guide for background on the above publication.

New Book Out In February
Ratzliff, A., Unützer, J.,  Katon, W., Stephens, K., (Feb 8, 2016). Integrated Care: Creating Effective Mental and Primary Health Care Teams. New Jersey: Wiley.

If you have recently published a paper and would like it mentioned in the next newsletter, please email Anna Ratzliff, MD, PhD and Amy Bauer, MD.


When: Feb 1, 2016
Time: 4:30 - 6:00 PM
Where: HMC, 5CT-80 (5th floor central tower)

Attend the Integrated Care Pathway Journal Club Meeting! Network, enjoy a light dinner, and learn about a research article.

At the February meeting, Marc Avery, MD will bring his expertise working for Community Health Plan of Washington to discuss population-based programs for healthcare super-utilizers. 

Read the article and accompanying appendix:

For Many Patients Who Use Large Amounts of Health Care Services, The Need Is Intense Yet Temporary (Appendix).

For further reading, check out The Hot Spotters by Atul Gawande in the New Yorker. Jan 24, 2011.

You are welcome to join even if you have not yet read the article. We hope to see you there!



The next Integrated Care Pathway Journal Club meeting will be on:

May 2, 2016
4:30-6:00 PM
Evette Ludman, PhD
UWMC, BB1640



APA Transforming Clinical Practices Initiative

The APA's Transforming Clinical Practices Initiative will be promoting Collaborative Care as a best practice. Read more about the initiative in a recent Psychiatric News article.


Questions about the Integrated Care Pathway at University of Washington? Interested in sharing a project or news? Please email co-leaders Anna Ratzliff, ( or Amy Bauer (


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