Implications of Mental Health Comorbidity and Rural Residence for Health Care Use Patterns of Individuals with Chronic DiseaseThis study will use the 2005-2010 MEPS to compare the prevalence of concurrent mental health and cardiometabolic illnesses across rural and urban populations and to describe relationships among comorbidity, residence, and health care utilization. Multivariate models will be employed to determine whether and how the effects of rural residence and psychiatric comorbidity interact to influence the health use patterns of adults with cardiometabolic disease.
Research findings indicate that patients with comorbid psychiatric and cardio-metabolic conditions experience worse health care access and outcomes than those with either condition alone, and that service models integrating behavioral health and primary care can help to reduce these disparities. Given recent private and public sector interest in behavioral health/primary care integration this project will provide critical information to policymakers, health plans, health care providers, and community organizations about the needs of this dually vulnerable population. More specifically, the study will indicate whether rural populations with comorbidities are at higher risk for access problems, and whether they should therefore be prioritized in public and private efforts to promote mental health/primary care integration.
Implications of Rurality and Psychiatric Status for Diabetic Preventive Care Use among Adults with Diabetes
Maine Rural Health Research Center
This brief examines patterns of diabetic preventive care use among adults with diabetes to determine whether these patterns vary according to respondents’ rural/urban residence or the presence/absence of a mental health diagnosis.