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PCORI in the Literature
Helping Children with Medicaid Initiate the Referral Process for Mental Health Care
Many children who are Medicaid participants with mental health problems don’t receive the care they need, in part because families must first undergo a complex referral process to community mental health clinics (CMHCs) for diagnostic and therapeutic mental health services. Reporting in Pediatrics, this study found that compared with parents who had usual referrals, those who had video chat referrals were three times more likely to finish screening for specialty mental health care at the CMHC.
Depression Drug Offers Modest Outcomes Over Cognitive Therapy for Patients Undergoing Hemodialysis
Patients undergoing long-term treatment for kidney failure often also experience depression. In a PCORI-funded study, more patients reported modest improvements in their depressive symptoms with the drug sertraline than patients who received cognitive behavioral therapy, the study’s researchers report in the Annals of Internal Medicine. However, patients who opted for the daily medication experienced more adverse events, such as nausea and dizziness.