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Resources by Topic: Mental health

The Association Between Rural Residence and the Use, Type, and Quality of Depression Care
Reports on the link between rurality and the preference for using pharmacotherapy, rather than psychotherapy, to treat depression among rural populations. Also examines whether individuals with depression in rural areas receive lower quality care than their urban counterparts due to the lack of mental health specialists in rural areas.
Additional links: Policy Brief
Author(s): John C. Fortney, Jeffrey S. Harman, Stanley Xu, Fran Dong
Date: 2009
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: WICHE Center for Rural Mental Health Research
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Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance: Pacific Island United States Territories, 2007
Summarizes results from surveys of students in grades 9-12 conducted in five territories: American Samoa, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, Republic of the Marshall Islands, and Republic of Palau, during January-June 2007.
Author(s): Jaclynn Lippe, Nancy Brener, Laura Kann. et al.
Citation: MMWR Surveillance Summary, 57(SS12), 28-56
Date: 11/2008
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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Rural Adults Face Parity Problems & Other Barriers to Appropriate Mental Health Care
Summarizes a study on access to mental health services for rural Americans. Discusses lack of insurance, cost sharing, and the limited supply of mental health professionals and compares the differences found in rural and urban areas.
Author(s): Erika Ziller, Nathaniel Anderson, Andrew Coburn
Date: 11/2008
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Maine Rural Health Research Center
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Evaluating a Community-Based Participatory Research Project for Elderly Mental Healthcare in Rural America
Reports on the levels of collaboration present among stakeholders for different aspects of a rural mental health research project that used a participatory approach.
Author(s): Dean Blevins, Bridget Morton, Rene McGovern
Citation: Clinical Interventions in Aging, 3(3), 535-545
Date: 09/2008
Type: Document
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An Analysis of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Disparities & Access to Treatment Services in the Appalachian Region
Utilized state, sub-state, and county-level data to study diagnoses and treatment of mental health and substance abuse conditions and disparities across Appalachian sub-regions.
Author(s): Zhiwei Zhang, Alycia Infante, Michael Meit, et al.
Date: 08/2008
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Appalachian Regional Commission
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Preventing Youth Suicide in Rural America: Recommendations to States
Discusses recommendations for state-level agencies to prevent and address suicide among rural youth. Covers data and surveillance, screening, gatekeeper training, and survivor issues.
Date: 04/2008
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: State and Territorial Injury Prevention Directors Association, Suicide Prevention Resource Center
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Rural-Urban Differences in Work Patterns Among Adults With Depressive Symptoms
Examines how depressive symptoms affect employment patterns among young to middle-career adults, with information for rural and urban residents.
Author(s): Lisa Morris, Stephenie Loux, Erika Ziller, David Hartley
Date: 03/2008
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Maine Rural Health Research Center
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Employment of Advanced-Practice Psychiatric Nurses to Stem Rural Mental Health Workforce Shortages
Reports on the advanced-practice psychiatric nurse (APPN) workforce and discusses the potential of using APPNs to address the shortage of mental health providers in rural communities.
Author(s): Nancy P. Hanrahan, David Hartley
Citation: Psychiatric Services, 59(1), 109-111
Date: 01/2008
Type: Document
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Rural Inpatient Psychiatric Units Improve Access to Community-Based Mental Health Services, but Medicare Payment Policy a Barrier
Examines inpatient psychiatric units (IPUs) in rural hospitals as well as the community-based mental health services available to patients.
Author(s): Stephenie Loux, David Hartley, David Lambert
Date: 08/2007
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Maine Rural Health Research Center
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Preventing Hospitalizations in Depressed Rural Primary Care Patients
Policy brief examining whether depressed rural primary care patients are more likely than urban patients to be hospitalized for mental and physical problems. Investigates differences in hospitalization rates and if differences can be explained by specialty outpatient care. Determines whether rural patients face more insurance barriers to outpatient care.
Author(s): Scott Adams, Stan Xu, Fran Dong, Kathryn Rost
Date: 05/2007
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: WICHE Center for Rural Mental Health Research
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