Scott Adams, PsyD

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Completed Projects - (3)

Differences In Antipsychotic Medication Prescribing Patterns Between Rural And Urban Prescribers
Second-generation antipsychotics have become the treatment of choice for persons with schizophrenia and other serious mental illnesses. Compared to first generation antipsychotics, many second generation medications reduce symptoms with fewer problematic side-effects and related major health problems. However, one aspect that has seen little empirical attention is how longitudinal trends, benefits, and costs may differ between urban and rural areas.
Research center: WICHE Center for Rural Mental Health Research
Topics: Mental health, Pharmacy and prescription drugs
Differences in Prescribing Patterns of Psychotropic Medication for Children and Adolescents between Rural and Urban Prescribers
This is an investigation of the extent to which psychotropic medication is prescribed to youth (17 and under) by primary care physicians, psychiatrists, or other prescribers in rural versus urban areas. It will also look at the particular types of medications being prescribed by age, sex, and other demographic variables.
Research center: WICHE Center for Rural Mental Health Research
Topics: Mental health, Pharmacy and prescription drugs
Webcast: What Rural Primary Care Physicians Need to Know about Treating Patients with Mental Health Diagnoses
Training via distance learning technology that promotes collaborative care models in primary care is consistent with federal and state policy recommendations.
Research center: WICHE Center for Rural Mental Health Research
Topics: Frontier health, Mental health, Physicians, Technology

Publications - (5)

  • Differences in Prescribing Patterns of Psychotropic Medication for Children and Adolescents between Rural and Urban Prescribers
    WICHE Center for Rural Mental Health Research
    Date: 10/2009
    Reports that prescriptions of all psychotropic drug categories increased significantly for both urban and rural populations over the 10-year period of the study. Urban youth were far more likely to be prescribed psychotropic medications by psychiatrists as opposed to generalists or other prescribers. In contrast, rural youth were far more likely to have psychotropics prescribed by generalists or other prescribers.
  • Differential Effectiveness of Depression Disease Management for Rural and Urban Primary Care Patients
    WICHE Center for Rural Mental Health Research
    Date: 09/2006
    Is there a differential impact of enhanced depression care on patient outcomes in rural vs. urban primary care settings? Differences may be mediated by receiving evidence-based care (pharmacotherapy and specialty care counseling). Findings indicate that care for depression improved mental health for urban populations, but not rural patients.
  • Differential Effectiveness of Enhanced Depression Treatment for Rural and Urban Primary Care Patients
    WICHE Center for Rural Mental Health Research
    Date: 09/2005
    Explored whether a depression disease management program has a comparable impact on clinical outcomes over 2 years in patients treated in rural and urban primary care practices. The study found that depression disease management improved the mental health status of urban patients over 18 months but not rural patients.
  • Mental Health and Rural America: 1994-2005
    WICHE Center for Rural Mental Health Research
    Date: 2006
    Provides a summary of the current knowledge base surrounding mental health issues in America's rural and frontier areas and an overview of the environment of mental health in rural areas over three decades. Includes an annotated bibliography.
  • Preventing Hospitalizations in Depressed Rural Primary Care Patients
    WICHE Center for Rural Mental Health Research
    Date: 05/2007
    Investigated the substitution of higher cost hospitalization for lower cost outpatient specialty care for depression and the extent to which insurance barriers impact service substitution patterns of outpatient specialty care for depression in rural and urban areas. The study found depressed rural patients were hospitalized more than urban.