Mental Health in Family Medicine

Publisher: Radcliffe Medical Press

Journal Impact: 0.59*

*This value is calculated using ResearchGate data and is based on average citation counts from work published in this journal. The data used in the calculation may not be exhaustive.

Journal impact history

2016 Journal impact Available summer 2017
2015 Journal impact 0.59
2014 Journal impact 0.94
2013 Journal impact 0.61
2012 Journal impact 1.10
2011 Journal impact 0.60
2010 Journal impact 0.37
2009 Journal impact 0.39

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ISSN 1756-834X

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  • David Kopacz · Mary Pat Traxler · Shamshad Karatela
    [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Background: Epidemiological studies have shown associations between vitamin D and its role in improving health outcomes. Vitamin D levels vary according to sun exposure and skin pigmentation. While there is little doubt that vitamin D levels effect bone health, there has been controversy and growing interest in the role of vitamin D in mental health population. Objective: The purpose of this study was to identify and compare vitamin D levels within the mental health population using samples from a United States city, Champaign, Illinois, and a New Zealand city, Auckland. Method: A retrospective chart review of 64 participants was conducted within two mental health clinics (Champaign, Illinois, United States: n=32; Auckland, New Zealand: n=32). 25-hydroxyvitamin vitamin D concentration was obtained through blood samples within this population. Results: New Zealand patients had lower levels of vitamin D than United States patients (p = .0017), but this difference appears to be due to differences in skin pigmentation between the two samples. Within the New Zealand sample, people with higher pigmentation had lower vitamin D levels (p<.001) than those with lower pigmentation. Among higher pigmented individuals, 87% (New Zealand laboratory Guidelines) and 100% (United States laboratory Guidelines) had vitamin D abnormalities. Even amongst New Zealand lower pigmented individuals, 47% (New Zealand laboratory Guidelines) or 65% (United States laboratory Guidelines) had vitamin D abnormalities. Conclusion: High levels of vitamin D abnormalities were found in two ambulatory mental health populations in two different hemispheres, Champaign, Illinois, United States and Auckland, New Zealand. Any degree of skin pigmentation beyond Caucasian was associated with greater vitamin D deficiency. The implications of these findings for the mental and physical health of mental health patients with abnormal vitamin D levels remain unknown, but highlight a discrepancy between lab guidelines and abnormal test results.
    Article · Jan 2016 · Mental Health in Family Medicine
  • Article · Jun 2015 · Mental Health in Family Medicine
  • [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Objective: Little is known about how primary care providers (PCPs) approach mental health care for low-income rural women. We developed a qualitative research study to explore the attitudes and practices of PCPs regarding the care of mood and anxiety disorders in rural women. Method: We conducted semi-structured interviews with 19 family physicians, internists, and obstetrician-gynecologists (OBGYNs) in office-based practices in rural central Pennsylvania. Using thematic analysis, investigators developed a coding scheme. Questions focused on 1) screening and diagnosis of mental health conditions, 2) barriers to treatment among rural women, 3) management of mental illnesses in rural women, and 4) ideas to improve care for this population. Results: PCP responses reflected these themes: 1) PCPs identify mental illnesses through several mechanisms including routine screening, indicator-based assessment, and self-identification by the patient; 2) Rural culture and social ecology are significant barriers to women in need of mental healthcare; 3) Mental healthcare resource limitations in rural communities lead PCPs to seek creative solutions to care for rural women with mental illnesses; 4) To improve mental healthcare in rural communities, both social norms and resource limitations must be addressed. Conclusion: Our findings can inform future interventions to improve women's mental healthcare in rural communities. Ideas include promoting generalist education in mental healthcare, and expanding access to consultative networks. In addition, community programs to reduce the stigma of mental illnesses in rural communities may promote healthcare seeking and receptiveness to treatment.
    Article · Dec 2013 · Mental Health in Family Medicine