Division of Health Informatics and Implementation Science, Department of Quantitative Health Sciences
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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DOI of Published Version
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
Administration and policy in mental health
Etingen, Bella; Hogan, Timothy P.; Martinez, Rachael N.; Shimada, Stephanie L.; Stroupe, Kevin; Nazi, Kim; Connolly, Samantha L.; Lipschitz, Jessica; Weaver, Frances M.; and Smith, Bridget, "How Do Patients with Mental Health Diagnoses Use Online Patient Portals? An Observational Analysis from the Veterans Health Administration" (2019). Population and Quantitative Health Sciences Publications. 1251.
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