October 6, 2015
Integrating same-day mental health services into primary care may facilitate PTSD diagnosis and treatment initiation, according to study findings in Psychiatric Services.
To determine if same-day integrated mental health services increased diagnosis and treatment initiation among primary care patients, researchers analyzed data from a national sample of Veterans Health Administration primary care patients who screened positively for PTSD (n = 21,427). Study participants were assessed for PTSD diagnosis and treatment initiation on the day of screening and approximately 7 days, 12 weeks, 6 months and 1 year after screening positively. Screening setting was categorized as primary care only, same-day primary care–mental health integration or same-day specialty mental health care.