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Mental Health: Depression

VA HSR&D Research Topics: Depression

Depression


More than one-third of Veterans returning from Iraq or Afghanistan and entering the VA healthcare system have received a mental health diagnosis. Research focuses on a variety of issues related to several mental health conditions affecting Veterans that range from PTSD and depression to schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.

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Citations

(5 of more than 1450 DEPRESSION focused publications)


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Publication Briefs

(5 of more than 132 DEPRESSION focused publication briefs)

  • Primary Care-Mental Health Integration Decreases Use of General Mental Health Services among Veterans with Mental Illness
    This study examined the relationship between primary care clinic engagement in Primary Care-Mental Health Integration (PC-MHI) and patient use of different mental health services (MHS). Findings showed that there was increasing clinic engagement in PC-MHI services over time, accompanied by a reduction in general MHS visits – but no change in more specialized mental health services. Analyses showed...
    Date: December 15, 2017
  • Delivery of Brief Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in Primary Care Improves Mental Health Symptoms in Chronically Ill Veterans
    This trial sought to determine whether an integrated brief cognitive behavioral therapy (bCBT) intervention would improve depression, anxiety, and quality of life for medically ill Veterans. Findings showed that integrated bCBT resulted in significant immediate and 12-month improvements related to depression and anxiety. Brief CBT also resulted in significant short-term improvements related to phy...
    Date: June 20, 2017
  • Comparing Food Insecurity between Veterans and non-Veterans
    This study examined the prevalence of food insecurity in an older male population. Findings showed that there was a significantly lower prevalence of food insecurity among male Veterans compared to non-Veterans (6% vs. 12%, respectively). Nevertheless, several factors predisposed male Veterans to a higher risk for being food insecure. Younger Veterans (aged 50-64) were more likely to be food insec...
    Date: March 23, 2017
  • Higher Risk of Suicidal Ideation among Veterans Seeking Mental Health Treatment from both VA and non-VA Facilities
    VA researchers developed the Veterans Health Module (VHM) to be implemented within the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS). This report presents data from the 2011-2012 VHM telephone survey. Findings showed that after adjusting for sociodemographic and VHM variables, Veterans who sought mental health treatment from both VA and non-V...
    Date: June 24, 2016
  • Prescription Opioid Use among Patients with Recent History of Depression Increases Risk of Recurrence
    This study examined whether patients in depression remission who were prescribed opioids for non-cancer pain had an increased risk of depression recurrence. Investigators analyzed two patient populations: Veterans treated in the VA healthcare system, and patients treated by a non-profit integrated healthcare system located in Texas. Findings showed that prescription opioid use among patients with ...
    Date: April 1, 2016

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Studies

( 5 of more than 88 DEPRESSION focused projects )

Project No.  Title  PI  Funding Start   
PPO 16-106 Brief Psychotherapy for Depression in Primary Care: Identifying Successful Clinical Practices Mignogna, Joseph 2017-07-01
IIR 14-353 Telehealth Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Depression in Parkinson's Disease Interian, Alejandro 2016-07-01
IIR 14-345 Incorporating Treatment Outcomes into Quality Measurement of Depression Care Pfeiffer, Paul 2016-04-01
IIR 14-047 RCT of Behavioral Activation for Depression and Suicidality in Primary Care Funderburk, Jennifer 2015-03-01
IIR 13-310 Veteran Peer-Assisted Computerized Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Depression Pfeiffer, Paul 2014-10-01

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HSR&D Briefs, Reports, Newsletters

5 sample "Depression" publications displayed.

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Cyberseminars

The most recent "Depression" seminars are displayed.

Date Title Presenter(s)
1/17/2018 Primary Care - Mental Health Integration: Improving Mental Health Care Access for VA Primary Care Patients Leung, Lucinda  
5/31/2017 Deployment Trauma: Insights from the TRACTS Cohort on the Effects of mTBI, Blast Exposure and Associated Comorbidities in OEF/OIF/OND Veterans McGlinchey, Regina  
12/6/2016 Combat-Related mTBI: Patient Subtypes, Empirical Evidence, and Treatment Implications Bailie, Jason  
7/13/2016 Leveraging Health Experiences Research to Enhance Veteran Engagement Helfand, Mark  
Grob, Rachel  
Pandhi, Nancy  
Schlesinger, Mark  
Cottrell, Erika  
5/18/2016 Clinical Quality Indicators among Patients with Mental Illness Following the Implementation of a Patient Centered Medical Home Browne, Kendall  

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Videos

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Podcasts

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Other Resources

  • Watch the HSR&D's video series on mental health, which features several researchers discussing their work on improving care for Veterans with mental illness.
  • Visit the VA's Office of Research & Development healthcare topic overview section to learn more about milestones in VA's mental health research, read research updates, and download research fact sheets.
  • Learn more about the projects being conducted within HSR&D's Rural Access to Mental Healthcare CREATE (Collaborative Research to Enhance and Advance Transformation and Excellence) initiative.

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