Better But Not Best: Recent Trends In The Well-Being Of The Mentally Ill

Published on May 1, 2009in Health Affairs6.301
路 DOI :10.1377/HLTHAFF.28.3.637
Sherry Glied43
Estimated H-index: 43
(Columbia University),
Richard G. Frank79
Estimated H-index: 79
(Columbia University)
Mental illness and its treatment are largely invisible. We use multiple publicly available data sources to evaluate changes in the well-being of Americans with mental illnesses over the past decade. We find that access to care, including specialty psychiatric and inpatient care, and financial protection have improved. However, not all people with mental health problems have shared in these improvements. Access to care among those with mental health impairments appears to have declined, and we estimate that because of continued increases in incarceration, at least 7 percent of the population with serious and persistent mental illnesses are incarcerated in jail or prison each year.
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