What's New | December 04, 2013
Mental Health Care in Rural Settings
Rural populations face multiple challenges that contribute to disparities in mental health care. Barriers to accessing high-quality care in rural settings include shortages of mental health professionals, limited or lack of inpatient and emergency psychiatric services, and the need to travel long distances to receive care.
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This issue’s featured Innovations describe two programs that used telemedicine to increase access to mental health services for individuals in rural areas and one program that used a multifaceted approach to improve diagnosis and treatment of depression among older adults in rural primary care settings.
The featured QualityTools include a guide to improving rural behavioral health programs; a toolkit to assist rural primary care providers in suicide prevention; and a guide for developing, implementing, and sustaining a telemental health program.
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