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dc.contributor.authorPennap, Dinci*
dc.date.accessioned2018-07-16T18:44:37Z
dc.date.available2019-01-23T12:54:06Z
dc.date.issued2018
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10713/8077
dc.descriptionUniversity of Maryland, Baltimore. Pharmaceutical Health Services Research. Ph.D. 2018en_US
dc.description.abstractBackground: The prevalence of pediatric mental health (MH) diagnosis and treatment have expanded in the U.S. We assessed the longitudinal patterns of incident diagnosis and new psychotropic medication use in a Medicaid-insured birth cohort. Additionally, continuity and quality of MH service utilization were assessed in a publicly-insured pediatric population. Quality care was defined by the 2009 Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act (CHIPRA) mandated children's health care quality measures. Methods: We applied longitudinal designs to Medicaid claims data from a Mid-Atlantic state (2007-2014). Using Kaplan-Meier estimators we assessed the cumulative incidence of MH service use in a cohort of newborns (aim 1). We assessed the association between relational patient-provider continuity of care and: 1) emergency department (ED) visits or hospitalizations in the 12 months following first MH diagnosis among 3-16 year olds (aim 2); and 2) the quality of follow-up care among 6-12 year old new users of ADHD medications (aim 3), using logistic regression models. Quality was defined as having ≥1 follow-up outpatient visit in the 30 days following medication initiation and ≥2 follow-up visits in the 270 days after the first follow-up visit, with a total medication supply of ≥210 days. Results: By age 8, 19.7% and 10.2% of the birth cohort (n=35,244) had received a MH diagnosis or psychotropic medication, respectively. Among medication users, 80.5% received monotherapy, 16.4% received 2 medication classes, and 4.3% received ≥3 medication classes concomitantly for ≥60 days. Compared to children with high CoC, the odds of ED visits was significantly higher among youths with low CoC [Odds Ratio(OR)=1.27; 95% CI=1.13-1.41] and low CoC was associated with greater odds of hospitalization [OR=1.17; 95% CI=1.06-1.29]. Compared to those with low CoC, children with higher continuity of care had greater odds of meeting CHIPRA initiation- [OR=1.41; 95% CI=1.25-1.60] and continuation-phase [OR=1.45; 95% CI=1.29-1.64] visit-based measures. Conclusions: Early exposure to psychotropic medications and prolonged duration of use have implications for long-term safety, highlighting the need for safety and outcomes research in pediatric populations. Our findings suggest a need for more research in the areas of quality assessment and continuity of care among youths with mental health conditions.en_US
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.subjectCHIPRAen_US
dc.subject.lcshChildrenen_US
dc.subject.lcshYouthen_US
dc.subject.meshContinuity of Patient Careen_US
dc.subject.meshMedicaiden_US
dc.subject.meshMental Healthen_US
dc.subject.meshQuality of Health Careen_US
dc.titleLongitudinal Patterns of Early Mental Health Service Utilization in a Medicaid-insured Birth Cohort and the Impact of Continuity of Care on the Quality of Pediatric Mental Health Treatmenten_US
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dc.contributor.advisorZito, Julie Magnoen_US
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refterms.dateFOA2019-02-19T18:14:24Z


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