Health Care Topic: Behavioral Health

Jul 17, 2012

Palladian worked closely with NIDA staff to develop the first-ever, easy-to-read website on drug abuse, designed for adults with low reading literacy (eighth grade or below reading level).

May 29, 2012

In reading Dr. Hua Carroll’s January post here in the Health Policy Forum on the "Cultural Differences in the Treatment of Pain," two statements stood out to me:

1) The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has declared prescription drug abuse an epidemic, and
2) Fighting prescription pain medication abuse is an uphill battle. (1)

Mar 27, 2012

Do you love casinos? How about bingo? Do you bet on the NCAA tournament championship? Do you gamble on the Internet? If so, you are not alone: More than 70 percent of adults in the United States report that they’ve gambled at least once during the past year. (1) Nationally, 6 to 8 million people meet the criteria for compulsive gambling, which can affect a person’s financial health, mental health and physical health—ultimately devastating the individual, family and community.

Feb 21, 2012

When I began working in the field of social work 25 years ago, a huge distinction existed between working with individuals who suffered from mental health issues or physical ailments and those who battled substance use disorders. Social workers were labeled according to their specialty (i.e., mental health, medical, geriatric), each carrying their own importance and esteem.

Aug 2, 2011

Hospital readmissions in the HeartLink group versus regular care are lower. And when they do get readmitted … they aren’t as sick, and don’t stay in the hospital as long.

May 12, 2011

According to the Pew Internet and American Life Project, 88 percent of American adults who have Internet access research information about their health online. This trend provides a unique opportunity to improve the patient experience and quite pos­sibly their health outcomes.

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