Study Reviews Mental Health Care Quality in U.S. Military

Posted February 24, 2016 at 6:34am

Psych Central reports that “in a new RAND Corporation Study that evaluated the quality of mental health care in the United States military, researchers found both areas of excellence and others in need of improvement.”  

“For the study, researchers reviewed the administrative data and medical records of 14,576 active-duty service members who were diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and 30,541 who were diagnosed with depression from January 2012 to June 2012. The review examined whether those service members were receiving evidence-based care in the year after diagnosis.”  

“On the positive side, the military health system appears to perform well in administering crucial follow-up visits with patients after they are discharged from a mental health hospitalization. This is a vulnerable time for newly released patients and follow-up visits are extremely important.”