Specialty Medical Homes to Improve Outcomes for Patients With IBD and Behavioral Health Conditions

  • End date
    Jan 30, 2026
  • participants needed
  • sponsor
    University of Pittsburgh
Updated on 22 September 2022
ulcerative colitis
crohn's disease


A comparative effectiveness study using an individual-level randomized design along with a pragmatic, mixed-methods approach to compare two strategies (e.g. in-person supported care, technology-supported care) all of which include evidence-based components for delivering IBD and BH care. Quantitative (e.g. self-report, electronic health record, process) and qualitative (e.g., interviews) data will be collected across multiple time points during the study period.


The investigators propose to conduct a comparative effectiveness research (CER) study of two evidence-based, patient-centered approaches implemented within an existing Specialty Medical Home (SMH) model: TEAM, an in-person, multidisciplinary team-based approach delivered at point of care and TECH, a technology-based (digital therapeutics, and telehealth) approach delivered at the patient's convenience with the guidance of health coaches. Both are designed to support care for adult patients with complex, chronic health conditions and behavioral health (BH) disorders, and will be tested in three of the nation's largest and most established SMHs for inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). IBD serves as an exemplary chronic disease model where untreated BH issues have been associated with poor medical outcomes.

Condition Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Behavioral Symptoms
Treatment TEAM, TECH
Clinical Study IdentifierNCT03985800
SponsorUniversity of Pittsburgh
Last Modified on22 September 2022


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Inclusion Criteria

Inflammatory Bowel Disease Diagnosis of Crohn's or Ulcerative Colitis. Behavioral health symptoms mild to severe, defined as a score of >= 6 on the Personal Health Questionnaire 4 (PHQ4)

Exclusion Criteria

Lack of smart phone, and/or are unable to speak, read or understand English at the minimum-required level
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