Items in FPM with MESH term: Mental Health Services

Disaster-Related Physical and Mental Health: A Role for the Family Physician - Article

ABSTRACT: Natural disasters, technologic disasters, and mass violence impact millions of persons each year. The use of primary health care services typically increases for 12 or more months following major disasters. A conceptual framework for assisting disaster victims involves understanding the individual and environmental risk factors that influence post-disaster physical and mental health. Victims of disaster will typically present to family physicians with acute physical health problems such as gastroenteritis or viral syndromes. Chronic problems often require medications and ongoing primary care. Some victims may be at risk of acute or chronic mental health problems such as post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, or alcohol abuse. Risk factors for post-disaster mental health problems include previous mental health problems and high levels of exposure to disaster-related stresses (e.g., fear of death or serious injury, exposure to serious injury or death, separation from family, prolonged displacement). An action plan should involve adequate preparation for a disaster. Family physicians should educate themselves about disaster-related physical and mental health threats; cooperate with local and national organizations; and make sure clinics and offices are adequately supplied with medications and suture and casting material as appropriate. Physicians also should plan for the care and safety of their own families.

Why There Must Be Room For Mental Health in the Medical Home - Graham Center Policy One-Pagers

Improving Care for Patients with Serious Mental Illness - Editorials

Surgeon General Releases Mental Health Report - Practice Guidelines

Integrating a Behavioral Health Specialist Into Your Practice - Feature

Better Integration of Mental Health Care Improves Depression Screening and Treatment in Primary Care - Graham Center Policy One-Pagers


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