University of Massachusetts Medical School Faculty Publications


Gender differences of mental health consumers accessing integrated primary and behavioral care

UMMS Affiliation

Department of Psychiatry; Department of Neurology

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Healthcare Disparities; Sex Factors; Mental Health Services; Delivery of Health Care, Integrated; Primary Health Care


Community Health and Preventive Medicine | Health Services Administration | Mental and Social Health | Psychiatry | Psychiatry and Psychology | Public Health | Women's Health


Persons with severe mental illness and addiction are at higher risk for early morbidity and mortality than the general population, and are less likely to receive primary care and preventive health services. Primary and behavioral integrated care programs aim to reduce these health disparities by providing comprehensive health and wellness services. Gender in particular may play a significant role in individuals' engagement and outcomes in such programs. Hence, this study examines the salient characteristics of behavioral health consumers accessing an integrated care program at a large community mental health center. Baseline gender differences in consumer demographics, substance use, psychological distress and functioning, physical health indicators, and risk factors for serious medical conditions are examined. Our results demonstrate that key gender differences exist and may warrant distinct treatment needs for men and women receiving integrated care.

DOI of Published Version



Psychol Health Med. 2013 May 7. Link to article on publisher's site

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Psychology, health and medicine

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