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The 2010 National Survey on Drug Use and Health reported that in the preceding year, 70% of Americans 18 years older (161 million adults) had used alcohol and that 9% of adults (20 million) met the criteria for an alcohol or drug use disorder. Many of these adults with alcohol or drug use disorders are “overrepresented” in primary care which is, therefore, ideally suited to “[identify] and briefly [intervene] with substance abusers.” Yet, adults are not commonly asked about or treated for their... Read more about "Treatment of Substance Use Disorders in Primary Care"
Post date: January 14, 2015
Although “adolescence is a time of physical, emotional, and cognitive transition” and the period of onset for many chronic condition (e.g., obesity, hypertension, schizophrenia), many teenagers do not have access to appropriate care for their physical and mental health needs. On December 15, 2014, the Alliance for Health Reform held a briefing titled “Between Two Worlds: Adolescents and Our Health Care System” where speakers... Read more about "Alliance for Health Reform Briefing: Integration Can Better Meet the Needs of Adolescents "
Post date: January 14, 2015
This article appeared in a special issue of Psychological Services®, published by the American Psychological Association published in November 2014. Primary care that includes mental health screenings and treatments that take into account a patient’s language and cultural background can help address mental health care disparities among ethnic minorities, according to psychologists, physicians, and other... Read more about "A Model for Culturally Centered Integrative Care"
Post date: January 14, 2015
Many people take antidepressants, but their adverse side effects can result in poor quality of life. Collaborative care has been demonstrated to increase initiation of and adherence to antidepressants. Researchers conducted a study to determine if side effects differed for patients receiving high-intensity, telemedicine-based collaborative care (TBCC) from patients receiving low-intensity, practice-based... Read more about " Antidepressant Side Effects Decreased in Telemedicine-Based Collaborative Care Trial"
Post date: January 14, 2015
Today, many ethnic minorities are still receiving inadequate and low-quality mental health care, but integrating behavioral health services into culturally competent primary care practices can address these health disparities, according to Psychological Services. In this special issue published by the American Psychological Association, psychologists, physicians, and health care experts authored articles surrounding the mental health... Read more about "APA Journal Emphasizes Role of Integration in Targeting Health Disparities"
Post date: January 05, 2015
A special issue of Psychological Services on mental health disparities among ethnic minorities features a journal article titled Uptake of Depression Treatment Recommendations Among Latino Primary Care Patients (PDF - 1310 KB), which examines factors related to the Latino patients’ adherence to their primary care providers’ (PCPs’)... Read more about "Adherence to Depression Treatment Among Latino Primary Care Patients"
Post date: January 05, 2015
Despite the fact that 10 to 20 percent of the women who give birth each year in the United States experience mental health problems that impact their ability to nurture their children, health providers who have frequent contact with pregnant women and new mothers often do not realize that these women are suffering. Lack of recognition and attention to these issues can compromise maternal and child health, parent – child attachment, and developmental outcomes in children.
Post date: January 05, 2015

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