Mental health is a broad term used to describe a variety of mental, emotional, or behavioral conditions. Mental health conditions can include anxiety disorder, depressive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), eating disorders, personality disorders, and the more serious psychotic disorders, such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. The impact of mental health conditions is significant—according to the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute of Mental Health, nearly one in five U.S. adults live with a mental illness (51.5 million in 2019).
VA health services researchers conduct a wide variety of investigations into mental health conditions, including access to mental and behavioral health services, post-deployment well-being, specific treatment efficacy, and more.
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(5 of more than 1487 MENTAL HEALTH focused publications)
- Leung LB, Rose D, Guo R, Brayton CE, Rubenstein LV, Stockdale S. Mental health care integration and primary care patient experience in the Veterans Health Administration. Healthcare (Amsterdam, Netherlands). 2021 Sep 30; 9(4):100587.
- Duan-Porter W, Nelson DB, Ensrud KE, Spoont MR. Physical functioning and mental health treatment initiation and retention for veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder: a prospective cohort study. BMC health services research. 2021 Sep 23; 21(1):1005.
- Graham AK, Kwasny MJ, Lattie EG, Greene CJ, Gupta N, Reddy M, Mohr D. Targeting subjective engagement in experimental therapeutics for digital mental health interventions. Internet interventions. 2021 Sep 1; 25:doi.org/10.1016/j.invent.2021.100403.
- Leung LB, Benitez CT, Dorsey C, Mahajan AP, Hellemann GS, Whelan F, Park NJ, Braslow JT. Integrating Mental Health in Safety-net Primary Care: A Five-year Observational Study on Visits in a County Health System. Medical care. 2021 Aug 25.
- Hammett PJ, Businelle MS, Taylor BC, Erbes CR, Bastian L, Doran N, Sherman SE, Rogers ES, Burgess DJ, Fu SS. The Association Between Smoking Abstinence and Pain Trajectory Among Veterans Engaged in U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Mental Health Care. Pain medicine (Malden, Mass.). 2021 Aug 6; 22(8):1793-1803.
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(5 of more than 299 MENTAL HEALTH focused publication briefs)
- Significant Number of Veterans with Depression May Not Be Receiving their Preferred Treatment
This study examined whether treatment preferences predict types of depression treatment received and adherence to those treatments. Findings showed that mismatches between treatment preferences and type received were common and associated with worse treatment adherence for psychotherapy: 32% of VA patients who preferred medication and 22% of VA patients who preferred psychotherapy did not receive ...
Date: October 6, 2021
- High Acute Inpatient Psychiatric Bed Occupancy Associated with Increased Rates of Suicide among Veterans
This study examined the relationship between the incidence of suicide among Veterans and acute inpatient psychiatric bed availability using occupancy as a measure of hospital strain and access. Findings showed that high acute VA psychiatric bed occupancy (>95%), not beds per capita, was associated with a 10% higher incidence of death by suicide. Extrapolated over the 6-year study across 145 hospit...
Date: August 16, 2021
- Fewer than Two-Thirds of Veterans Receive Timely Lung Cancer Screening Follow-Up
This retrospective cohort study sought to determine adherence to recommended next steps (i.e., annual screening or evaluation of screen-detected findings) in a national cohort of Veterans screened for lung cancer – and to identify factors associated with delayed or absent follow-up. Findings showed that less than two-thirds of Veterans received timely recommended follow-up after an initial lung ca...
Date: July 8, 2021
- Primary Care Intensive Management for High-Risk VA Patients Did Not Improve Long-term (12-24 Month) Outcomes or Costs
This randomized trial tested whether primary care intensive management (PIM) teams could decrease acute care use, such as emergency department visits and hospitalizations, among high-risk Veterans during the second year of PIM implementation. Findings showed that offering an intensive case management program in addition to routine primary care services for high-risk patients increased outpatient u...
Date: June 18, 2021
- Both “High-Needs” Patients and Facility Leaders Praise VA’s Intensive Primary Care Pilot Program
This qualitative evaluation explored the perspectives of patients and healthcare facility leaders to identify additional important outcomes that could augment utilization and cost studies of intensive primary care (IPC) programs for high-needs patients. Findings indicated that IPC programs may yield benefits beyond healthcare cost and use, including improved quality of care, patient satisfaction, ...
Date: May 13, 2021
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( 5 of more than 169 MENTAL HEALTH focused projects
|| Improving Mental Health for Veterans with Dementia: Provider Training in Caregiver Engagement
|| Improving Anxiety Treatment Engagement and Effectiveness in Primary Care-Mental Health Integration: Multi-site Hybrid I RCT of a Brief Veteran-Centered Anxiety Intervention
|| Quality of Mental Health Services for Homeless Veterans in Primary Care Settings
|| Passive Mobile Self-Tracking of Mental Health by Veterans with Serious Mental Illness
|| Applying the After Action Review Methodology to Examine Mental Health Residential Rehabilitation and Treatment Programs’ Response to the COVID--19 Crisis
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Implementation of Clinical Resource Hubs to Expand Access to Primary Care and Mental Health Services: First Year Implementation Progress, Challenges, and Facilitators
|| Chawla, Neetu
Individual and family-level drivers of Veteran engagement in psychotherapy for post-traumatic stress: a mixed methods study
|| Shepherd-Banigan, Megan
Spotlight on Access: Findings from the Veterans Access Research Consortium (VARC) Pilot Projects
|| Possemato, Kyle
Advancing Access to Care Through Partnered Research with the Office of Rural Health
|| Gurewich, Deborah
Development and Evaluation of a Brief, Modular, Cognitive-Behavioral Intervention for Anxiety in Primary Care
|| Shepardson, Robyn
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