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Mental Health

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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Citations

(5 of more than 1487 MENTAL HEALTH focused publications)



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Publication Briefs

(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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Studies

( 5 of more than 169 MENTAL HEALTH focused projects )

Project No.  Title  PI  Funding Start   
CDA 20-104 Improving Mental Health for Veterans with Dementia: Provider Training in Caregiver Engagement Wyman, Mary 2021-07-01
IIR 20-146 Improving Anxiety Treatment Engagement and Effectiveness in Primary Care-Mental Health Integration: Multi-site Hybrid I RCT of a Brief Veteran-Centered Anxiety Intervention Shepardson, Robyn 2021-05-01
CDA 19-233 Quality of Mental Health Services for Homeless Veterans in Primary Care Settings Jones, Audrey 2021-04-01
IIR 19-392 Passive Mobile Self-Tracking of Mental Health by Veterans with Serious Mental Illness Young, Alexander 2020-10-01
C19 20-210 Applying the After Action Review Methodology to Examine Mental Health Residential Rehabilitation and Treatment Programs’ Response to the COVID--19 Crisis Kim, Bo 2020-09-01

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HSR&D Briefs, Reports, Newsletters

5 sample "Mental Health" publications displayed.


  • Optimizing Benefits for Mental Health Open Notes || In Progress

    ...soldiers suffer from some form of mental illness, with rates much higher than...Army soldiers tested positive for a mental disorder (i.e., major depressive disorder...In this Issue: Improving Care of Mental Health Conditions » Table of Contents...Contents Optimizing Benefits for Mental Health OpenNotes Feature Article Little is known

  • Improving Care and Access for LGBTQ Veterans || In Progress

    ...discrimination, these Veterans face increased health risks and unique challenges in accessing...and 69% were satisfied with their mental healthcare....Research Studies on LGBTQ Health and Care Health Outcomes and Healthcare Use...Veterans Understanding Mental Health Problems and Health Risk Behaviors among

  • Improving Patient-Provider Communications to Reduce Mental Health Disparities || In Progress

    VA's mental health specialty program alone in fiscal year 2018. Mental health...are available not only in VA's mental health specialty clinics, but also in...In This Issue: Advancements in VA Mental Healthcare » Table of Contents Interventions...Service Men and Women in Post-Deployment Mental Healthcare Feature Article There is

  • Improving Care and Access for LGBTQ Veterans || In Progress

    ...discrimination, these Veterans face increased health risks and unique challenges in accessing...and 69% were satisfied with their mental healthcare....Research Studies on LGBTQ Health and Care Health Outcomes and Healthcare Use...Veterans Understanding Mental Health Problems and Health Risk Behaviors among

  • Management Briefs eBrief-no51 -- Family Involved Psychosocial Treatments for Adult Mental Health Conditions

    Psychosocial Treatments for Adult Mental Health Conditions...Psychosocial Treatments for Adult Mental Health Conditions Since 2008, VA's authority...provide family services for Veterans' mental healthcare has expanded, creating a

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Cyberseminars

The most recent "Mental Health" seminars are displayed.

Date Title Presenter(s)
11/17/2021 Implementation of Clinical Resource Hubs to Expand Access to Primary Care and Mental Health Services: First Year Implementation Progress, Challenges, and Facilitators Chawla, Neetu  
Bergman, Alicia  
Stockdale, Susan  
11/9/2021 Individual and family-level drivers of Veteran engagement in psychotherapy for post-traumatic stress: a mixed methods study Shepherd-Banigan, Megan  
11/3/2021 Spotlight on Access: Findings from the Veterans Access Research Consortium (VARC) Pilot Projects Possemato, Kyle  
DeBeer, Bryann  
Goldstein, Karen  
Augustine, Matthew  
9/23/2021 Advancing Access to Care Through Partnered Research with the Office of Rural Health Gurewich, Deborah  
Ward, Michael  
Lovejoy, Travis  
9/14/2021 Development and Evaluation of a Brief, Modular, Cognitive-Behavioral Intervention for Anxiety in Primary Care Shepardson, Robyn  

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