When patients are concerned about a behavioral health issue, one of the first recommended steps is talking to a healthcare professional. Whether it's a primary care doctor or behavioral health specialist such as a psychologist, the practitioner may conduct a behavioral health assessment, also sometimes referred to as a behavioral health clinical assessment. Such an assessment can help identify behavioral health problems and assist the practitioner in figuring out the best way to address them.
October is the National Depression and Health Screening Month — an event to help bring awareness to depression and the need for affordable and accessible mental health screening services. Depression is the most common mental health illness, affecting 264 million people worldwide. Take a minute and watch as we illustrate an individual's journey with nView Health solutions.
Patient health questionnaires have become a standard mental health assessment tool administered by providers to patients, particularly in care settings that lack sufficient psychiatric care resources. Since patient health questionnaires are so prevalent in assessing mental health, it is important to better understand them. In this blog post, we'll take a closer look at one of the patient health questionnaires most frequently used by providers – the PHQ9 – to explain its history, how it's scored, what it measures, and why its usage may not lead to the most optimal outcomes.
If you've come here looking to learn more about patient health questionnaires used to assess mental and behavioral health disorders, you're in the right place. This blog provides information that helps answer the common question "What is a patient health questionnaire?" We'll discuss one of the most common patient health questionnaires and how it's scored and then briefly touch on a popular variant of this patient mental health screener.
More importantly, though, we'll provide an overview of why commonly used patient health questionnaires are coming up short. We'll conclude the piece by sharing some of the key qualities that providers should look for when choosing a better alternative to these flawed solutions.
Among the most tragic impacts of the global pandemic has been the skyrocketing rise of substance abuse among adults and adolescents. Deaths due to overdoses have hit all-time highs exacerbating a substance use disorder problem that was a crisis pre-pandemic in the country with addiction affecting 1 in every 3 families. In fact, on October 26, 2017, the US Department of Health and Human Services declared the opioid crisis a Public Health Emergency and began pouring billions of dollars into grants to help fight this rapidly growing epidemic.
Also in 2017, the US Surgeon General issued a report entitled, “Facing Addiction in America: A Spotlight on Opioids” that served as a foundation for communicating the federal government’s comprehensive, multi-faceted approach, which included:
nView Health Announces Multi-year License Agreement with IQVIA
Software company to provide a leading clinical research organization with a comprehensive suite of behavioral health psychometric assessment solutions.
June 3, 2021, Atlanta – nView Health, the premier provider of evidence-based behavioral health assessment solutions, is pleased to announce that it has executed a multi-year license agreement with IQVIA, one of the world’s leading clinical research organizations. Under the terms of the Agreement, IQVIA will have access to the complete set of nView’s behavioral health assessment and severity measurement solutions to use on IQVIA’s digital eCOA platform.
The world of mental health assessment and screening tools can be very complicated for practitioners to navigate. Many tools, like the PHQ-9 and the GAD-7, simply screen for symptoms of one or two conditions, requiring the practitioner to predetermine the potential diagnosis and therefore creating bias from the start.
Other tools, like the SCID, are not dynamically responsive to patient answers and therefore require patients to respond to irrelevant questions, creating frustration and wasting valuable time. Use of the SCID can also be cost-prohibitive for many mental health practices.
The bottom line is that most of today’s mental health assessment solutions are flawed, and instead of helping to support an accurate diagnosis, they end up being an impediment to practitioners and patients.
nView Expands Digital Behavioral Health Solutions to Support Healthcare Providers
Increased demand for access to mental health and substance abuse services fuels 125% YOY growth for leading digital health assessment provider
Learn how a complete virtual care experience can help address the mental health crisis in rural America.
When it comes to mental health care access, the disparities between rural and urban areas persist. Meanwhile, behavioral health concerns like anxiety, depression, and substance misuse are rising in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Regulatory changes promise to make online behavioral health care delivery easier and more profitable for providers, including those serving rural areas.