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The Role Employers Should Play in Mental Health Assistance

Aug 27, 2021 / by Holly Wilson

It’s a well-known fact that employee health is directly related to employee productivity and job satisfaction. However, as the second pandemic of mental health emerges, the mental health of employees has become a top concern for 85% of employers, according to a September 2020 survey.

Supporting data from multiple sources, including the CDC, Mental Health America, and Kaiser Family Foundation, speak to the impact COVID-19 has had on employees’ mental health.

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Dr. Thomas Young Writes On Hospitals' Mental Health Responsibilities

Aug 5, 2021 / by Thomas Young, MD

Dr. Thomas Young, founder and chief medical officer of nView Health, discusses opportunities for hospitals to play a more significant role in achieving concrete improvements to the current mental health system in a new Becker's Hospital Review column.

 

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What is a Patient Health Questionnaire?

Jul 27, 2021 / by Holly Wilson

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.

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Substance Use Disorder: A Disease of Epic Proportions

Jul 9, 2021 / by Taylor Jenkins - nView Health Editor


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:

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Mental Health Assessments: It’s Important to Know the Difference

May 13, 2021 / by Taylor Jenkins - nView Health Editor

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.

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Misdiagnosis of Mental Illness: Anna’s Story

Dec 26, 2020 / by Taylor Jenkins - nView Health Editor

How Anna Lost Three Decades of Her Life

Anna heard whispers of the 4th of July fireworks. She went out to throw her garbage, hoping to catch a glimpse of the fanfare from the street.

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