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dc.contributor.authorBettencourt, Amie F
dc.contributor.authorAllen, Carson
dc.contributor.authorCoble, Kelly
dc.contributor.authorHibbert, Terrence
dc.contributor.authorSarver, Dustin E
dc.date.accessioned2022-06-13T13:23:14Z
dc.date.available2022-06-13T13:23:14Z
dc.date.issued2021-11-29
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10713/19121
dc.description.abstractObjective: Pediatric Mental Health Care Access (PMHCA) programs increase access to mental health care by providing training, consultation, and resource-referral support to primary care providers (PCPs). The authors compared trends in services provided by two PMHCA programs during the COVID-19 pandemic. Methods: Maryland and Mississippi PMHCA programs had 2,840 contacts with PCPs from January 2019 to March 2021. Descriptive trends on PMHCA program utilization, service type, clinical severity, diagnostic complexity, and PCP contact reasons were reported. Results: Both programs observed significant increases in call volume during the COVID-19 pandemic compared with before COVID-19. Increases were observed in calls regarding patients with multiple diagnoses (Maryland, 20% to 37%; Mississippi, 0% to 11%) as well as patients with mood and anxiety symptoms. Conclusions: Changes in PMHCA program usage suggest that PCPs identified more complex mental health concerns, particularly regarding mood and anxiety, during the pandemic than before COVID-19. Trends underscore the importance of PMHCA programs in supporting PCPs with managing pediatric mental health concerns.en_US
dc.description.urihttps://doi.org/10.1176/appi.ps.202100479en_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.publisherAmerican Psychiatric Associationen_US
dc.relation.ispartofPsychiatric Services (Washington, D.C.)en_US
dc.subjectChild psychiatry/generalen_US
dc.subjectCommunity consultationen_US
dc.subjectCoronavirus/COVID-19en_US
dc.subjectPrimary careen_US
dc.subjectResearch/service deliveryen_US
dc.titleTrends in Mental Health Concerns Reported to Two Pediatric Mental Health Care Access Programs During the COVID-19 Pandemic.en_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.identifier.doi10.1176/appi.ps.202100479
dc.identifier.pmid34839675
dc.source.journaltitlePsychiatric services (Washington, D.C.)
dc.source.volume73
dc.source.issue6
dc.source.beginpage670
dc.source.endpage673
dc.source.countryUnited States


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