A Practical Guide to Using the CDW Mental Health Domain
Eric Hawkins, PhD
Carol Malte, MSW
Seminar date: 9/12/2016
Description: This presentation is designed to introduce researchers new to the VA to the CDW Mental Health domain and to summarize our experience with specific data elements in a research context. Data elements available in the Mental Health Domain are collected primarily using the Mental Health Assistant, a specialty application that is used in the Computer Patient Record System (CPRS) to administer mental health-related assessments. The presentation will describe some of our work with data elements such as the Alcohol Use Disorder Identification Test (AUDIT-C) and the Brief Addiction Monitor (BAM), including potential limitations of these data. Results will also be presented from a research study comparing the prevalence of unhealthy alcohol use among Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom (OEF/OIF) patients with and without TBI.
• Introduce the CDW Mental Health domain
• Describe the data elements available in the Mental Health domain
• Provide examples of how specific data elements, such as the AUDIT-C and BAM, have been used.
• Address potential limitations of these data.