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Should we be thankful for digital Abilify?

November 21, 2017  |  H. Steven Moffic
blog

Knowing that the patient is taking the medication may help to determine potential problematic side effects. Of course, this Abilify product with its sensor system could fail at times, misleading all those involved.

How to prioritize behavioral health during disaster recovery

November 20, 2017  |  Barry M. Smith
Perspectives

It serves as a reminder that while disaster recovery efforts must first focus on physical health and safety, it’s also imperative to prioritize behavioral health as a part of disaster recovery.

Accreditors support patient complaint processes

November 14, 2017  |  Alison Knopf
article

The four accrediting organizations in the behavioral health space have a complaint process for patients/clients/consumers and staff. Most offer a toll-free number that is posted prominently in the facility.

Create a new oath for behavioral healthcare organizations

October 31, 2017  |  H. Steven Moffic
blog

If we continue to burnout, our patients suffer worse quality of care. When we are burning out, we are exhausted, relate less well, and are prone to more mistakes.

Should our staff have spa days?

October 16, 2017  |  H. Steven Moffic
blog

Given the enormous stress of working in disaster relief and the compassion fatigue that can ensue, couldn’t taking care of the caregivers actually help in the long run?

Assessment of comorbidities is essential for traumatic brain injury

October 6, 2017  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
article

When considering risks, the behavioral health of a TBI patient must be evaluated both as a symptom of the injury and as a pre-existing condition.

Data shows patterns in opioid prescribing

September 30, 2017  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
article

Researchers have identified patterns in opioid prescribing nationwide, noting that the variations discovered aren’t tied to clinical factors, but rather are tied to factors such as age or insurance source.

Pharma doubles down on opioid solutions

September 28, 2017  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
article

On Wednesday, the President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis met for the third time in Washington, and heard from a number of drug manufacturers. For its part, the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA)...

What if we treat drug overdoses like suicide attempts?

September 21, 2017  |  Patrick Gauthier
blog

If we could take the best parts of successful civil commitment—immediate treatment, coordinated care and discharge planning—perhaps this may be another way to prevent future drug overdoses.

Watch for our nation's post-traumatic reactions

September 18, 2017  |  H. Steven Moffic
blog

Post-traumatic stress disorders of all kinds are likely to be common in those whose lives were directly affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma as well as for us as clinicians.

Oral surgeons opt for ibuprofen over opioids

August 30, 2017  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
news

Professional association recommends ibuprofen as a first-line therapy and notes that simultaneous use of ibuprofen and acetaminophen can rival opioids for pain.

Hospitalized overdose patients sicker, costlier, more likely to die

August 29, 2017  |  Gary A. Enos, Contributing Editor
article

Research findings released this week point to growing critical care needs for opioid overdose victims, attributable in part to the transition to heroin.

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