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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28676940/prior-experiences-of-behavioral-health-treatment-among-uninsured-young-adults-served-in-a-psychiatric-crisis-setting
#1
Sarah Carter Narendorf, Richard Wagner, Nicole Fedoravicius, Micki Washburn
This study qualitatively explored the past treatment experiences of uninsured young adults who sought public emergency psychiatric care. Qualitative interviews were conducted with a racially diverse sample of 55 young adults (ages 18-25) using a semi-structured interview guide, and analyzed using a team-based open coding approach. Findings emerged in three broad areas-provider-related factors, treatment-related factors, and environmental factors. Young adults talked about the importance of providers respecting and listening to them, the perceived advantages and disadvantages of therapy and medication treatment, and aspects of the environment that resulted in positive and negative experiences, particularly in inpatient settings...
July 4, 2017: Community Mental Health Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647819/the-italian-version-of-the-opening-minds-stigma-scale-for-healthcare-providers-validation-and-study-on-a-sample-of-bachelor-students
#2
Anne Destrebecq, Paolo Ferrara, Luca Frattini, Francesco Pittella, Gemma Rossano, Giuseppe Striano, Stefano Terzoni, Orsola Gambini
Prejudices on psychiatric disorders frequently turn into stigmatizating attitudes, also among health care providers. The Opening Minds Stigma Scale for Health Care Providers (OMS-HC) was introduced in 2012 to measure stigma. No Italian versions of this tool exist so far. We wanted to investigate stigma among healthcare students in Italy, and to prepare an Italian version of the scale. A multicentric, cross-sectional study was conducted on a sample of Nursing, Physiotherapy, Occupational therapy, and Dietistics students...
June 24, 2017: Community Mental Health Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638952/assessing-the-impact-and-effectiveness-of-hearing-voices-network-self-help-groups
#3
Eleanor Longden, John Read, Jacqui Dillon
The Hearing Voices Network (HVN) is an influential service-user led organisation that promotes self-help as an important aspect of recovery. This study presents the first systematic assessment of the impact and effectiveness of HVN self-help groups. A customized 45-item questionnaire, the Hearing Voices Groups Survey, was sent to 62 groups affiliated with the English HVN. 101 responses were received. Group attendance was credited with a range of positive emotional, social and clinical outcomes. Aspects that were particularly valued included: opportunities to meet other voice hearers, provision of support that was unavailable elsewhere, and the group being a safe and confidential place to discuss difficult issues...
June 21, 2017: Community Mental Health Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28497399/money-social-relationships-and-the-sense-of-self-the-consequences-of-an-improved-financial-situation-for-persons-suffering-from-serious-mental-illness
#4
Alain Topor, Ingemar Ljungqvist
During a 9-month period, 100 persons with SMI were given approx. 73 USD per month above their normal income. Sixteen of the subjects were interviewed. The interviews were analysed according to the methods of thematic analysis. The money was used for personal pleasure and to re-establish reciprocal relations to others. The ways in which different individuals used the money at their disposal impacted their sense of self through experiences of mastery, agency, reciprocity, recognition and security. The findings underline the importance of including social circumstances in our understanding of mental health problems, their trajectories and the recovery process...
May 11, 2017: Community Mental Health Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28474141/inpatient-profile-of-patients-with-major-depression-in-portuguese-national-health-system-hospitals-in-2008-and-2013-variation-in-a-time-of-economic-crisis
#5
Daniel Francisco Santos Rodrigues, Carla Nunes
The economic crisis has placed Portugal in a situation of budgetary constraints with repercussions on mental health, since 2009. This study analyses the association between economic crisis and the inpatient profile of major depression in the working-age population in Portuguese National Health System hospitals. This was an observational, descriptive and cross-sectional study. An individual analysis of hospitalisation and an ecological analysis at district level, were performed before 2008 and during the crisis (2013)...
May 4, 2017: Community Mental Health Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28470460/navigating-the-disability-determination-process-from-the-perspective-of-incarcerated-adults-with-serious-mental-illnesses
#6
Erin McCauley, Leah Samples
In the U.S. serious mental illness (SMI) is common in jails, which are often primary healthcare providers. Incarceration and healthcare are intertwined-lack of care access increases the risk of imprisonment which decreases care access. This case study explores a jail program which assists people with SMI with the disability determination process. Interviews with employees (n = 4) and clients (n = 25), and administrative data from jail databases on recidivism, benefit receipt, and demographics highlight the importance of reentry planning and access to resources in crime desistance, as well as how the program increased resource access, and provided feelings of hope and safety...
May 3, 2017: Community Mental Health Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28466238/resilience-and-depressive-symptoms-among-korean-americans-with-history-of-traumatic-life-experience
#7
Kunsook Bernstein, So-Young Park, Kathleen M Nokes
This study investigates socio-demographic characteristics and resilience and depressive symptoms among Korean Americans (KAs) with traumatic life experiences. Community-residing 285 KAs living in New York City and Teaneck, New Jersey completed questionnaires measuring traumatic life experiences, depressive symptoms, and resilience. Descriptive statistics, Pearson's correlations, and two-step hierarchical multiple regression analyses were conducted. 54% of KAs with traumatic life experiences reported at least mild depressive symptoms; greater resilience was associated with fewer such symptoms...
May 2, 2017: Community Mental Health Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28466237/an-exploration-of-factors-that-effect-the-implementation-of-peer-support-services-in-community-mental-health-settings
#8
Michael A Mancini
This study explored the integration of peer services into community mental health settings through qualitative interviews with peer-providers and non-peer mental health workers. Results show peer job satisfaction was contingent upon role clarity, autonomy, and acceptance by non-peer coworkers. Mental health workers reported the need for organizational support for peer services and guidance about how to utilize peers, negotiate their professional boundaries and accommodate their mental health needs. Effective peer integration requires organizational readiness, staff preparation and clear policies and procedures...
May 2, 2017: Community Mental Health Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28456858/higher-impulsivity-and-hiv-risk-taking-behaviour-in-males-with-alcohol-dependence-compared-to-bipolar-mania-a-pilot-study
#9
Sakshi Rai, Biswa Ranjan Mishra, Sukanto Sarkar, Samir Kumar Praharaj, Sudipta Das, Rituparna Maiti, Nidhi Agrawal, S Haque Nizami
To study the association of impulsivity, high-risk behaviours and incidence of HIV infection in patients with alcohol dependence and bipolar mania. This was a cross-sectional hospital-based pilot study and the sample consisted of male patients divided into three groups: 25 patients with alcohol dependence and 25 with bipolar mania as per ICD-10 Diagnostic Criteria for Research and 25 normal controls. Severity of Alcohol Dependence Questionnaire (SADQ) and Young Mania Rating Scale (YMRS) were administered on alcohol dependent and bipolar patients, respectively...
April 29, 2017: Community Mental Health Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540538/impact-of-a-community-based-frailty-intervention-among-middle-aged-and-older-prefrail-and-frail-homeless-women-a-pilot-randomized-controlled-trial
#10
Benissa E Salem, Jennifer Ma-Pham, Stephanie Chen, Mary-Lynn Brecht, Anna Liza Antonio, Masha Ames
Interventions are needed to address frailty and other behaviors (e.g., drug and alcohol use) among prefrail and frail homeless women (P/FHW). The purpose of this pilot randomized controlled trial (RCT) was to compare the efficacy of a Frailty Intervention (FI) versus a Health Promotion (HP) program among P/FHW (N = 32). Structured instruments assessed sociodemographics, individual, situational, health-related, and behavioral factors. While program differences were not statistically significant with the main outcome variables, medium-to-large effect sizes were found in favor of the HP program as it relates to physical and overall frailty, as well as, any drug use, alcohol use, and drug dependency...
August 2017: Community Mental Health Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28488111/mental-health-nurses-attitudes-and-practice-toward-physical-health-care-in-jordan
#11
Amal N Ganiah, Mahmoud Al-Hussami, Majdi M B Alhadidi
Patients with mental illnesses are at high risk for physical disorders and death. The aim of this study is to describe mental health nurses' attitudes and practice toward physical health care for patients with mental illnesses. A descriptive cross-sectional design was used to collect data using self- reported questionnaire from 202 mental health nurses working in mental health settings in Jordan. The study adopted translated version of Robson and Haddad Physical Health Attitudes Scale to the Arabic language...
August 2017: Community Mental Health Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28470461/an-exploratory-analysis-of-unhealthy-and-abusive-relationships-for-adults-with-serious-mental-illnesses-living-in-supportive-housing
#12
Brad Forenza, Autumn M Bermea
Individuals living with serious mental illness are at high risk of chronic homelessness, victimization, and intimate partner violence. In recent years, supportive housing programs have emerged as one way to prevent homelessness and victimization for this population, while also expanding social interactions and social networks. In concert with a focal supportive housing program, this research conducted two focus groups with 18 individuals who have a serious mental illness diagnosis. The authors sought to answer the research question, "What are perceptions of healthy and unhealthy relationships among formerly homeless people with serious mental illness?" To this end, the eight-item questionnaire was created around dimensions of power and control, as well as relationship equality...
August 2017: Community Mental Health Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28378301/incorporating-patients-social-determinants-of-health-into-hypertension-and-depression-care-a-pilot-randomized-controlled-trial
#13
Heather F McClintock, Hillary R Bogner
The objective of this study was to carry out a randomized controlled pilot trial to test the effectiveness of an integrated intervention for hypertension and depression incorporating patients' social determinants of health (enhanced intervention) versus an integrated intervention alone (basic intervention). In all, 54 patients were randomized. An electronic monitor was used to measure blood pressure, and the nine-item Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ-9) assessed depressive symptoms. Patients in the enhanced intervention had a significantly improved PHQ-9 mean change from baseline in comparison with patients in the basic intervention group at 12 weeks (p = 0...
August 2017: Community Mental Health Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28293800/the-challenges-of-using-self-report-measures-with-people-with-severe-mental-illness-four-participants-experiences-of-the-research-process
#14
Jennifer Bibb, Katrina Skewes McFerran
This study aimed to explore four mental health consumers' experiences of completing self-report outcome measures in a research project. Participants were recruited from a community mental health organisation in Melbourne and were interviewed upon completion of a mixed methods research study where they were asked to complete a series of self-report outcome measures. Descriptive phenomenological micro-analysis was used to analyse interview data and is presented along with the researchers' observations during the data collection process...
August 2017: Community Mental Health Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194599/common-factors-in-community-mental-health-intervention-a-scoping-review
#15
Sean A Kidd, Larry Davidson, Kwame McKenzie
While there is considerable research and commentary devoted to common factors in psychotherapy, their implications for community mental health interventions are much less clear. In response, a scoping review was conducted to answer the question, 'What is the evidence base for common factors in community mental health intervention?' A comprehensive search of MEDLINE, PsycINFO, and Google Scholar was completed. A total of 60 publications were identified in this review with a focus primarily upon therapeutic alliance...
August 2017: Community Mental Health Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28185135/integrating-the-integrated-merging-integrated-dual-diagnosis-treatment-iddt-with-housing-first
#16
Janice Pringle, Kim Grasso, Lisa Lederer
This study reports on a housing program that merged two evidence-based practices frequently applied in tandem: Integrated Dual Diagnosis Treatment and Housing First. Quantitative measures show that consumers in the program were receptive to supportive housing and core services. These quantitative measures, when considered alongside qualitative interviews, suggest that in order for more consumers to move through the IDDT stages of educational and vocational advancement, the staff will need to emphasize the permanence of supportive housing...
August 2017: Community Mental Health Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28168434/fetal-alcohol-spectrum-disorders-characteristics-complications-and-treatment
#17
Lauren F Wilhoit, David A Scott, Brooke A Simecka
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) includes a continuum of disorders that occur in children as a result of their mothers' consumption of alcohol during pregnancy. The most severe of these disorders is Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS). FASD presents differently in every child, but all children with FASD have intellectual and/or behavioral impairments. There is no cure for FASD, but research shows that early intervention and life-long support help those born with FASD to manage the difficulties that come with it...
August 2017: Community Mental Health Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28124258/mental-health-and-pain-in-older-adults-findings-from-urban-heart-2
#18
Vahid Rashedi, Mohsen Asadi-Lari, Mahshid Foroughan, Ahmad Delbari, Reza Fadayevatan
Pain is an important component of disability problems, and plays a key role in mental health of older adults. This study aims to investigate the relationship between mental health and pain in older adults of Tehran, Iran. This was a cross-sectional study using data on 5326 older adults aged ≥60 years old from a large population-based survey (Urban HEART-2). A multistage cluster random sampling method was used to select the participants in Tehran, Iran, in 2011. General Health Questionnaire (GHQ-28), pain questionnaire, and socioeconomic questionnaires were used to collect the data...
August 2017: Community Mental Health Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900650/smoking-cessation-and-electronic-cigarettes-in-community-mental-health-centers-patient-and-provider-perspectives
#19
Li-Shiun Chen, Timothy Baker, Ross C Brownson, Robert M Carney, Douglas Jorenby, Sarah Hartz, Nina Smock, Mark Johnson, Douglas Ziedonis, Laura J Bierut
Little is known about patients' electronic cigarette use, interest in and use of smoking cessation treatments, and providers' attitude towards such treatment. We assessed patients (N = 231) and providers (45 psychiatrists, 97 case workers) in four Community Mental Health Centers. Interestingly, 50% of smokers reported interest in using electronic cigarettes to quit smoking, and 22% reported current use. While 82% of smokers reported wanting to quit or reduce smoking, 91% of psychiatrists and 84% of case workers reported that patients were not interested in quitting as the lead barrier, limiting the provision of cessation interventions...
August 2017: Community Mental Health Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900495/developing-research-collaborations-in-an-academic-clinical-setting-challenges-and-lessons-learned
#20
John A Sahs, Andel V Nicasio, Joan E Storey, Peter J Guarnaccia, Roberto Lewis-Fernández
Research collaboration in "real world" practice settings may enhance the meaningfulness of the findings and reduce barriers to implementation of novel intervention strategies. This study describes an initiative to integrate research into a hospital-based outpatient psychiatric clinic within an academic medical center, focusing on collaborative processes across three research projects. We report on the varied outcomes of the projects and utilize data from two focus groups to identify the key elements that contributed to the challenges and successes...
August 2017: Community Mental Health Journal
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