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Psychiatric Services

Psychiatric Services
A Journal of the American Psychiatric Association

Edited by Howard H. Goldman, M.D., Ph.D.
ISSN 1075-2730
Item #PSY

Psychiatric Services focuses on the delivery of behavioral health services in organized systems, such as public mental health systems, correctional systems, and health maintenance organizations. Under health care reform, systems of care are changing to maximize quality and accessibility and lower costs. Clinicians and administrators look to Psychiatric Services for research on how to deliver evidence-based treatments, to take an integrated “whole-health” approach to care, and to better engage their patients—especially those with severe and persistent mental illnesses, who are often served by multiple systems.

Psychiatric Services, established in 1950, is published monthly by the American Psychiatric Association. The journal focuses on issues related to the delivery of mental health services, especially for people with severe mental illness in community-based treatment programs. Each month, Psychiatric Services features 15 research reports with results that have practical applications in the diverse settings where today's practitioners work. The journal has long recognized that providing high-quality care involves collaboration among a variety of professionals. Authors of research reports include psychiatrists, psychologists, pharmacists, drug and alcohol treatment counselors, social workers, nurses, economists, and professionals in related systems such as welfare and criminal justice systems. Monthly columns keep readers up to date on important developments in areas such as law and psychiatry and state mental health policy. Issues feature book reviews, news, and letters to the editor. Every member of the treatment team will find Psychiatric Services a valuable source of information.

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Below are some highlights from the November 2014 issue.

The VA’s Efforts to Keep Veterans Engaged in Care
In 2012 the VA authorized implementation of “Re-Engage” across all its facilities. The program, which reaches out to veterans with serious mental illness who have dropped out of care, was found to be associated with a sixfold reduction in mortality. This study examined ways to enhance uptake of Re-Engage by VA facilities.

A Scale for Ranking Parents’ Concerns About ADHD Medication
A best-worst scaling instrument helped researchers better understand the most important concerns facing parents as they weigh whether to use medication for children with ADHD.

Patient-Centered Mental Health Care for Female Veterans
Which mental health services would female veterans prefer to receive as women’s specialty care? To improve patient-centered care, this study explored preferences of this fast-growing VHA patient subpopulation.

Pennsylvania’s Successful Efforts to Reduce Coercive Practices at State Hospitals
Use of seclusion and restraint at Pennsylvania state hospitals dropped considerably in recent years, a transformation the authors attribute to a recovery-oriented model of psychiatric care.

Electronic Health Records in Mental Health Research
Use of data from electronic health records (EHRs) can provide new avenues for research, but investigators must take pains to ensure accuracy. The authors outline a framework for evaluating the validity of EHR-derived data.

Howard H. Goldman, M.D., Ph.D., is Professor of Psychiatry, University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, where he is the Director of the Mental Health Systems Improvement Collaborative.

Howard H. Goldman, M.D., Ph.D.

Editorial Board
David A. Adler, M.D.
Benjamin G. Druss, M.D., M.P.H.
Javier I. Escobar, M.D.
Stephen M. Goldfinger, M.D.
Richard K. Harding, M.D.
Grayson S. Norquist, M.D., M.S.P.H.
Martha Sajatovic, M.D.
Bradley D. Stein, M.D., Ph.D.
Marvin S. Swartz, M.D.
Marcia Valenstein, M.D.
Roy C. Wilson, M.D.
Bonnie T. Zima, M.D., M.P.H.

Editor Emeritus
John A. Talbott, M.D.

Book Review Editor
Jeffrey L. Geller, M.D., M.P.H.

Contributing Editors
Law & Psychiatry: Paul S. Appelbaum, M.D.
Frontline Reports: Francine Cournos, M.D., and Stephen M. Goldfinger, M.D.
Public-Academic Partnerships: Lisa B. Dixon, M.D., M.P.H., and Brian Hepburn, M.D.
Personal Accounts: Jeffrey L. Geller, M.D., M.P.H.
Best Practices: William M. Glazer, M.D.
Datapoints: Amy M. Kilbourne, Ph.D., M.P.H., and Tami L. Mark, Ph.D.
Mental Health Care Reforms in Europe: Matt Muijen, M.D.
Mental Health Care Reforms in Latin America: Jos� Miguel Caldas de Almeida, M.D., and Marcela Horvitz-Lennon, M.D., M.P.H.
State Mental Health Policy: Fred C. Osher, M.D.
Case Studies in Public-Sector Leadership: Jules M. Ranz, M.D. and Susan M. Deakins, M.D.
Economic Grand Rounds: Steven S. Sharfstein, M.D., Haiden A. Huskamp, Ph.D., and Alison Evans Cuellar, Ph.D.

Editorial Consultants
Norman Clemens, M.D.
Julie M. Donohue, Ph.D.
Robert E. Drake, M.D., Ph.D.
Marcia Kraft Goin, M.D., Ph.D.
Shelly F. Greenfield, M.D., M.P.H.
M. Susan Ridgely, J.D.
Laura Van Tosh

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