Mental health outcomes for individuals with chronic hepatitis C infection.

Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection is a leading cause of liver disease-related morbidity and mortality in the United States and HCV incidence has been increasing. Mental illness may impact the likelihood of initial HCV infection, progress and adherence to treatment along the hepatitis C care cascade, and risk of subsequent reinfection for those cured of hepatitis C. The relationship between HCV infection and mental illness is not well understood and many studies have lacked sufficient sample size to adjust for important confounders.

June 18, 2019

Using ESSENCE to Meet Local Needs for Mental Health Data: Query & Results

Mental health is a common and costly concern; it is estimated that nearly 20 percent of adults in the United States live with a mental illness [1] and that more money is spent on mental illness than any other medical condition [2]. One spillover effect of unmet mental health needs may be increasing emergency department utilization. National analysis by Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (H-CUP) found a 55% increase in emergency department visits for depression, anxiety, and stress reactions between 2006- 2013 [3].

June 18, 2019

Mental health and opioid addiction comorbidities among chronic pain patients

The National Institute for Drug Abuse Report, Common Comorbidities with Substance Use Disorders, states there are many individuals who develop substance use disorders (SUD) are also diagnosed with mental disorders, and vice versa.(1) Prescription opioids are amongst the most commonly used drugs that lead to illicit drug use.(2)Much of the data about the starting point of the prescription opioid addiction is in the patient health history and is recorded within the provider electronic health record and administrative systems.Description: There are a variety of addiction and misuse risk screen

June 18, 2019

Global Mental Health and Surveillance

Presented July 10, 2018.

Why global mental health surveillance is important – understanding current issues in global mental health surveillance and learning strategies to improve mental health surveillance worldwide, particularly in low and middle –income countries.


Shalini Ahuja, MA-HMPP, DHM, BPT, Global Mental Health Researcher, Centre for Implementation Science, Health Services and Population Research Department, King’s College London

July 11, 2018

Use of Diagnosis Code in Mental Health Syndrome Definition

Between 2006 and 2013, the rate of emergency department (ED) visits related to mental and substance use disorders increased substantially. This increase was higher for mental disorders visits (55 percent for depression, anxiety or stress reactions and 52 percent for psychoses or bipolar disorders) than for substance use disorders (37 percent) visits. This increasing number of ED visits by patients with mental disorders indicates a growing burden on the health-care delivery system.

January 19, 2018

Hospitalization of Mental Disorders in Saint Louis County: “Where You Live Matters”

Hospitalization rates for mental health disorders provide important information to help us prioritize community needs for mental health and urgent care plantation. In Saint Louis County, there were over 13,000 hospitalizations for mental disorders between 2010 and 2014. For all age groups, depressive disorders, including major depression and mood disorder not-otherwise-specified, were the most common primary diagnostic grouping for hospitalizations among mental disorders, followed by bipolar disorder.

January 21, 2018

Identifying Depression-Related Tweets from Twitter for Public Health Monitoring

Major depressive disorder has a lifetime prevalence of 16.6% in the United States. Social media platforms – e.g. Twitter, Facebook, Reddit – are potential resources for better understanding and monitoring population-level mental health status over time. Based on DSM-5 diagnostic criteria, our research aims to develop a natural language processing-based system for monitoring major depressive disorder at the population-level using public social media data.


October 10, 2017

Literature Review of Mental Health and Psychosocial Aspects of Ebola Virus Disease

The 2014 outbreak of EVD is the largest and most complex Ebola outbreak since 1976 affecting several countries in West Africa. The mental health and psychosocial implications of the 2014 Ebola outbreak are serious and multifaceted, impacting survivors, families, communities, healthcare providers, and the public health response. In addition, psychosocial support is a key priority to the Ebola response. CDC’s Ebola Mental Health Team (EMHT) was activated in September 2014. This study has been conducted to support the CDC’s EMHT tasks.


October 13, 2017

Using Hospital ED Data to Identify Mental Illness Trends After Hurricane Sandy

EDCC data provides an opportunity for capturing the early mental health impact of disaster events at the community level, and to track their impact over time. However, while rapid mental health assessment can facilitate a better understanding of the acute post-disaster period and aid early identification of persons at long-term risk,1 determining how wide a net to effectively capture the critical range of mental health sub-categories has not yet been clearly defined.

December 20, 2017

Mental Illness and Co-morbid Conditions: BioSense 2008 - 2011

Understanding the relationship between mental illness and medical comorbidity is an important aspect of public health surveillance. In 2004, an estimated one fourth of the US adults reported having a mental illness in the previous year (1). Studies showed that mental illness exacerbates multiple chronic diseases like cardiovascular diseases, diabetes and asthma (2).

May 18, 2018


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