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Patient Activation and Mental Health Care Experiences Among Women Veterans.
Kimerling R, Pavao J, Wong A. Patient Activation and Mental Health Care Experiences Among Women Veterans. Administration and policy in mental health. 2016 Jul 1; 43(4):506-13.
We utilized a nationally representative survey of women veteran primary care users to examine associations between patient activation and mental health care experiences. A dose-response relationship was observed, with odds of high quality ratings significantly greater at each successive level of patient activation. Higher activation levels were also significantly associated with preference concordant care for gender-related preferences (use of female providers, women-only settings, and women-only groups as often as desired). Results add to the growing literature documenting better health care experiences among more activated patients, and suggest that patient activation may play an important role in promoting engagement with mental health care.