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AHRQ Brief Examines Disparities in Access for Adults With Mental Illness

According to a new report from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), adults with serious mental illness often experience more difficulty receiving needed health care compared to other populations. The report examines the effectiveness of interventions that address disparities based on race, ethnicity, gender, economic disadvantage — including housing stability and socioeconomic status — and geographic location. The report also addresses disparities that arise for individuals identifying as lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender, as well as those who have difficulty communicating in English due to it being their second language. Researchers found the use of collaborative care, intensive case management approaches, telepsychiatry and culturally-adapted therapies to be most effective in enhancing access and adherence to treatment.