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Accession Number PB2014-100151
Title Patterns of Care for Rural and Urban Children with Mental Health Problems.
Publication Date Jun 2013
Media Count 35p
Personal Author D. Hartley J. D. Lenardson N. J. Anderson S. J. Neuwirth
Abstract Research indicates that privately insured, rural adults have lower use of office-based mental health services, but higher use of prescription medicines than their urban counterparts. Similar studies for rural children have been limited to specific populations, diagnoses, or to single states. Patterns for rural children may be different than those of urban children and adults generally because of their high enrollment in Medicaid and the State Children's Health Insurance Program, which tend to have more generous behavioral health benefits than private coverage and may equalize rural-urban treatment patterns. On the other hand, the more limited supply of specialty mental health providers in rural areas, particularly for children, could lead to lack of access and lower utilization of some types of mental health services in rural areas versus urban.
Keywords Children
Health care delivery
Health care services
Mental health care
Mental health services
Prescription medicine
Rural areas

Source Agency Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, DC
NTIS Subject Category 44K - Health Services
92B - Psychology
57T - Psychiatry
92C - Social Concerns
44U - Health Care Delivery Organization & Administration
Corporate Author Maine Rural Health Research Center, Portland, ME.
Document Type Technical report
Title Note Working paper no. 49.
NTIS Issue Number 1401
Contract Number N/A

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