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Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, responsible for 1 in 4 deaths in the country. Million Hearts is a national initiative launched by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in 2011 to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes by 2017 by empowering people to make healthy choices and improving access to effective care. The initiative is led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
Post date: February 06, 2015
The term “behavioral health” often refers to “the connection between our behaviors and the health and well-being of the body, mind, and spirit” (1, para. 4). Health behaviors include such things as the eating and drinking habits and exercise that impact our physical and mental health instantly or over time. Integrated behavioral health and primary care addresses health behaviors and their contribution to chronic conditions. In the United States, the number of people with multiple chronic... Read more about "Health Behaviors in Integrated Primary Care"
Post date: February 06, 2015
Recent research published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Preventing Chronic Disease examines how the number of chronic illnesses affecting an individual is associated with the odds of a psychiatric disorder. Piane and Smith reported a dose-response relation between the number of chronic diseases (including type 2 diabetes, hypertension, asthma, and heart disease) and the odds of psychiatric impairment among... Read more about "Chronic Illnesses Linked with Odds of Psychiatric Disorder"
Post date: February 06, 2015
Researchers at Duke University Medical Center and the University of North Carolina completed a cohort study of 934 individuals with confirmed coronary heart disease (CHD) to examine the role of anxiety and co-occurrence of depression and anxiety as association with mortality risk. (PDF - 884.85 KB) They found that anxiety and depression were common among CHD patients during hospitalizations for coronary angiography and... Read more about "Anxiety Associated with Increased Mortality Risk in CHD Patients - Especially with Comorbid Depression"
Post date: February 06, 2015
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Post date: February 06, 2015
There has been little research in the literature in the last few years on treating substance use disorders (SUD) in an integrated behavioral health and primary care setting. A good deal more research is available on treating mental health disorders in the integrated care setting. Most of the more current publications have been summarized on the Academy Portal, and may be found by using the general search function. With regard to policy and financing related literature, we would refer you to... Read more about "SUD Treatment in Primary Care: Sustainability and Policy Issues "
Post date: January 30, 2015
Researchers with Seattle Pacific University examined the role of comorbid substance abuse and depression as associated with primary care and behavioral health clinical appointments. Study data was extracted from 224 randomly selected primary care patients from three integrated primary care clinics from one health care agency in the Pacific Northwest. Three main analyses were conducted to examine the role of comorbid substance abuse and depression on health care utilization.
Post date: January 30, 2015
People living with substance abuse may additionally suffer from physical health problems. For example, these individuals have a 9 times greater risk of congestive heart failure, a 12 times greater risk of liver cirrhosis and a 12 times greater risk of pneumonia. In addition, substance abuse is associated with complications to managing other chronic conditions, such as poor adherence to medications for Type 2 diabetes. Research suggests that addressing physical health and substance abuse... Read more about "Integration of Substance Abuse Treatment with Primary Care"
Post date: January 28, 2015
Take a look at the following funding opportunities:Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF)Changes in Health Care Financing and Organization (HCFO): Small Grants
Post date: January 28, 2015
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Post date: January 28, 2015

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