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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(5 of more than 1616 MENTAL HEALTH focused publications)
- McGuier EA, Aarons GA, Wright JD, Fortney JC, Powell BJ, Rothenberger SD, Weingart LR, Miller E, Kolko DJ. Team-focused implementation strategies to improve implementation of mental health screening and referral in rural Children's Advocacy Centers: study protocol for a pilot cluster randomized hybrid type 2 trial. Implementation science communications. 2023 May 26; 4(1):58.
- Thompson RG, Mullinax S, De Monte R, McBain S, Porter A, Eastin C, Landes SJ, Wilson MP. Effectiveness of a Self-Administered Computerized Mental Health Screening Tool in the Emergency Department. Psychiatric services (Washington, D.C.). 2023 May 10; appips20220523.
- Frost MC, Soyer EM, Achtmeyer CE, Hawkins EJ, Glass JE, Hallgren KA, Williams EC. Treating opioid use disorder in veterans with co-occurring substance use: a qualitative study with buprenorphine providers in primary care, mental health, and pain settings. Addiction science & clinical practice. 2023 May 4; 18(1):26.
- Bass E, Garabrant J, Salyers MP, Patterson S, Iwamasa GY, McGuire AB. eHealth Use on Acute Inpatient Mental Health Units: Implementation Processes, Common Practices, and Barriers to Use. Administration and policy in mental health. 2023 Mar 21; 1-13.
- Merians AN, Gross G, Spoont MR, Bellamy CD, Harpaz-Rotem I, Pietrzak RH. Racial and ethnic mental health disparities in U.S. Military Veterans: Results from the National Health and Resilience in Veterans Study. Journal of psychiatric research. 2023 May 1; 161:71-76.
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(5 of more than 314 MENTAL HEALTH focused publication briefs)
- Rural-Urban Telemedicine Disparity among Veterans Worsens Following Onset of COVID-19 Pandemic
This study examined changes over time in rural-urban differences in telemedicine use for primary care and mental health integration services among nearly 64 million primary care and 4 million mental health integration visits. Findings showed that the pandemic exacerbated the rural-urban telemedicine divide across VA, possibly because underlying causes of digital inequity were not addressed as init...
Date: March 7, 2023
- Male and Female Veterans Differ in Attitudes to Referral to VA Care after Calling the Veterans Crisis Line
This study described Suicide Prevention Coordinator (SPC) referral outcomes for Veterans who contacted the Veterans Crisis Line (VCL) with active thoughts of suicide during calendar years 2018–2019. Reasons given for declining SPC referral suggest that concerns about or discomfort with VA care were a key concern, particularly among women Veterans. Women had a higher rate of declining SPC referrals...
Date: January 1, 2023
- Mental Health Staffing Affects Probability of Suicide-Related Events among Veterans
This study sought to measure the effect of staffing on suicide-related events (SRE). Findings showed that mental health (MH) staffing had a large causal effect on the probability of a suicide-related event. From 2014 to 2018, the per-pay period probability of an SRE among this study cohort was 0.05%. A 1% increase in mental health staffing led to a 1.6 percentage point reduction in SREs. This effe...
Date: September 11, 2022
- Differences between VA- and Community-Provided Behavioral Healthcare
This retrospective cross-sectional study examined differences in the amount and type of behavioral healthcare delivered in VA and purchased in the community. Findings showed that more than 25% of Veterans receiving inpatient behavioral healthcare used VA-purchased community care, but severe behavioral conditions were treated more frequently in VA. Only 4% of Veterans received outpatient behavioral...
Date: August 30, 2022
- VA Outperforms Wait Times Compared to Community Care
This study sought to describe geographic variation in wait times experienced by Veterans for three categories of care: primary care, mental health, and other specialties, comparing differences between VA-provided and community-provided care. Findings showed that mean VISN-level wait times were shorter for VA than for community care: 29 vs 39 days for primary care, 34 vs 44 days for mental health, ...
Date: August 25, 2022
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( 5 of more than 171 MENTAL HEALTH focused projects
|| Understanding Community-based Mental Healthcare for Rural Veterans with Military Sexual Trauma
|| Improving Mental Health for Veterans with Dementia: Provider Training in Caregiver Engagement
|| Improving Anxiety Treatment Engagement and Effectiveness in Primary Care-Mental Health Integration: Multi-site Hybrid I RCT of a Brief Veteran-Centered Anxiety Intervention
|| Quality of Mental Health Services for Homeless Veterans in Primary Care Settings
|| Passive Mobile Self-Tracking of Mental Health by Veterans with Serious Mental Illness
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Healthcare Costs and Utilization Before and After Opioid Overdose in VHA Patients with Opioid Use Disorder
|| Joyce, Vilija
VA’s Video Telehealth Tablets, Access to Mental Health Care, Suicide Risk Assessment, and Suicidal Behavior among Rural and Urban Veterans
|| Gujral, Kritee
Association of Complementary and Integrative Health Interventions with Opioid Use among Veterans with Musculoskeletal Disorders and PTSD
|| Goulet, Joseph
The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Veteran Mental Health and Suicide Risk: Examining Risk through the Lens of a Social Network Analysis
|| DeBeer, Bryann
QUERI Advancing Diversity in Implementation Leadership (ADIL): Examples from the Field on Optimizing and Leveraging VA Leadership Opportunities
|| Reddy, Yuvaram
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