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Mental Health

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 1544 MENTAL HEALTH focused publications)

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Publication Briefs

(5 of more than 309 MENTAL HEALTH focused publication briefs)

  • 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
  • Pharmacogenomic Testing Reduced Prescribing of Medications with Predicted Drug-Gene Interaction among Veterans with Depression
    The Precision Medicine in Mental Health Care (PRIME Care) randomized clinical trial was designed to evaluate clinical outcomes related to pharmacogenomic (PGx) testing in routine clinical practice. Investigators compared treatment for major depressive disorder guided by PGx testing to usual care. Findings showed that the provision of PGx testing for drug-gene interactions reduced prescription of m...
    Date: July 12, 2022
  • Gulf-War Era Veterans with Depression and/or PTSD were More Likely to Receive Mental Healthcare if They were Enrolled in VA
    The aim of this study was to explore factors associated with treatment utilization for depression and PTSD. Findings showed that Veterans who used VA healthcare were significantly more likely to receive mental health treatment than those who did not. VA enrollment was associated with three- and five-times higher odds of being treated for depression or PTSD, respectively. VA enrollment was the stro...
    Date: July 4, 2022
  • Characteristics of the Rise in Telehealth During COVID Pandemic
    This study sought to examine patient, provider, and site-level characteristics of any virtual and video-based care in primary care (PC). Findings showed that before the onset of COVID-19, only 14% of PC patients used any telehealth services, and only 0.3% used video-based care. However, during the first 12 months of COVID-19, 63% of patients used telehealth services, and 11% used video-based care....
    Date: June 18, 2022
  • PTSD-Multimorbidity in Recently Discharged Veterans Predicts Poor Social Functioning, Increasing Risk for Suicidal Ideation
    A growing body of literature suggests that problems experienced by Veterans during their transition from military to civilian life confer significant risk for suicidal ideation (SI). One of these problems is PTSD, which, along with chronic pain and sleep disturbance, can increase risk for SI. Findings from this study showed that at approximately 15 months post-separation, almost 91% of Veterans wi...
    Date: June 2, 2022

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( 5 of more than 169 MENTAL HEALTH focused projects )

Project No.  Title  PI  Funding Start   
CDA 20-261 Understanding Community-based Mental Healthcare for Rural Veterans with Military Sexual Trauma Boykin, Derrecka 2022-04-01
CDA 20-104 Improving Mental Health for Veterans with Dementia: Provider Training in Caregiver Engagement Wyman, Mary 2021-07-01
IIR 20-146 Improving Anxiety Treatment Engagement and Effectiveness in Primary Care-Mental Health Integration: Multi-site Hybrid I RCT of a Brief Veteran-Centered Anxiety Intervention Shepardson, Robyn 2021-05-01
CDA 19-233 Quality of Mental Health Services for Homeless Veterans in Primary Care Settings Jones, Audrey 2021-04-01
IIR 19-392 Passive Mobile Self-Tracking of Mental Health by Veterans with Serious Mental Illness Young, Alexander 2020-10-01

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HSR&D Briefs, Reports, Newsletters

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The most recent "Mental Health" seminars are displayed.

Date Title Presenter(s)
9/21/2022 Implementation and Adoption of VA's National Contingency Staffing Program: Results from the Clinical Resource Hub Evaluation Bergman, Alicia  
Stockdale, Susan  
Rose, Danielle  
9/13/2022 Veteran and Primary Care Provider Perspectives on Improving Alcohol-Related Care Bachrach, Rachel  
9/12/2022 Impact of Veterans’ Psychosocial Well-Being on their Suicidal Ideation during the Transition from Military to Civilian Life Hoffmire, Claire  
Vogt, Dawne  
9/7/2022 An Introduction to the Army STARRS Survey Data Available through ICPSR Wagner, James  
Toma, Alexandra  
7/20/2022 Patient Care Assessment System (PCAS) 2022 Update LaFontaine, Tom  

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