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Youth Seeing PCPs for Mental Health Problems More Likely to Get Medication

More than one-third of U.S. children and adolescents receiving outpatient care for mental health conditions from 2008 to 2011 saw only a primary care physician (PCP) for their care—a proportion that exceeded those treated by only a psychiatrist—according to a study in Pediatrics.To determine how the proportion of youth seen and/or prescribed medications for mental health conditions by PCPs compared with other mental health providers, researchers from MassGeneral Hospital for Children and Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston examined data from the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS). The analysis incorporated...

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Published By: Psychiatric News - Monday, 30 November, 2015

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