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A Practical Guide to Using Mental Health Assistant Data: The Corporate Data Warehouse Mental Health Domain

Hawkins EJ. A Practical Guide to Using Mental Health Assistant Data: The Corporate Data Warehouse Mental Health Domain. HSR&D Cyberseminars [Cyberseminar]. VIREC Database & Methods Cyberseminar Series. 2016 Sep 12.




Abstract:

This presentation is designed to introduce researchers new to the VA to the CDW Mental Health domain and to summarize our experience with specific data elements in a research context. Data elements available in the Mental Health Domain are collected primarily using the Mental Health Assistant, a specialty application that is used in the Computer Patient Record System (CPRS) to administer mental health-related assessments. The presentation will describe some of our work with data elements such as the Alcohol Use Disorder Identification Test (AUDIT-C) and the Brief Addiction Monitor (BAM), including potential limitations of these data. Results will also be presented from a research study comparing the prevalence of unhealthy alcohol use among Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom (OEF/OIF) patients with and without TBI. Learning Objectives: - Introduce the CDW Mental Health domain - Describe the data elements available in the Mental Health domain - Provide examples of how specific data elements, such as the AUDIT-C and BAM, have been used. - Address potential limitations of these data.





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