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Division of Health Informatics and Implementation Science, Department of Quantitative Health Sciences

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Behavior and Behavior Mechanisms | Epidemiology | Health Communication | Health Information Technology | Health Psychology | Health Services Administration | Health Services Research | Mental and Social Health | Military and Veterans Studies | Psychiatry and Psychology


Online patient portals may be effective for engaging patients with mental health conditions in their own health care. This retrospective database analysis reports patient portal use among Veterans with mental health diagnoses. Unadjusted and adjusted odds of portal feature use was calculated using logistic regressions. Having experienced military sexual trauma or having an anxiety disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, or depression were associated with increased odds of portal use; bipolar, substance use, psychotic and adjustment disorders were associated with decreased odds. Future research should examine factors that influence portal use to understand diagnosis-level differences and improve engagement with such tools.


Engagement, Health information technology, Mental health, Patient portals, Veterans

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© This is a U.S. Government work and not under copyright protection in the US; foreign copyright protection may apply 2019.

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Adm Policy Ment Health. 2019 May 7. doi: 10.1007/s10488-019-00938-x. [Epub ahead of print] Link to article on publisher's site

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Administration and policy in mental health

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