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Mental Health Outreach at Community Behavior Health Centers

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DOI: 10.4236/health.2014.67072    3,521 Downloads   4,524 Views


Background: Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) is considered to be one of the most common incapacitating psychiatric diseases. A pharmacist interacting with patients has the potential to enhance compliance, ensure proper medication use, and monitor adverse effects that will ultimately improve patients’ quality of care. Methods: The primary objectives of this study were to 1) assess individuals’ knowledge of depression before and after a 30-minute educational intervention and 2) measure satisfaction with the program. The pre- and post-test consisted of 11 identical questions that assessed individuals’ knowledge regarding depression. The survey consisted of four questions that rated program satisfaction. Results: Although 82 individuals participated in some aspect of the program, 56 individuals completed the program requirements and were included in the data analysis. Four hundred and eighty six of the total 616 (56 participants × 11 questions) pre-test questions (79%) were answered correctly at the beginning of the program. A total of 556 post-test questions (90%) were answered correctly at the conclusion of the program, with an overall increase of 70 (p ≤ 0.001) more correct answers. Correct responses to five questions were statistically significant for improved post-test scores: Over-the-counter or herbal medications will interfere with your medication (p = 0.01); certain foods can interfere with medications that affect mood (p = 0.01); it is safe to use multiple pharmacies to get your medications (p = 0.001); the main chemical of the brain that is not balanced in depression (p ≤ 0.001); and the most common type of medication for depression (p ≤ 0.001). Overall, 95% of participants would recommend the program to a friend or family member. Conclusion: The data from this program supports that pharmacists can have a positive impact in the mental health field and satisfaction with such services in the community.

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Sobota, K. , Blackwell, J. , Dye, B. , Kapoor, K. , Roediger, E. and Sobota, M. (2014) Mental Health Outreach at Community Behavior Health Centers. Health, 6, 531-540. doi: 10.4236/health.2014.67072.

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