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VA health care, improvements needed to the monitoring of antidepressant use for major depressive disorder and the accuracy of suicide data : testimony before the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, Committee on Veterans' Affairs, House of Representatives / statement of Randall B. Williamson.

Author:
United States. Government Accountability Office [Browse]
Format:
Book
Language:
English
Published/​Created:
[Washington, D.C.] : United States Government Accountability Office, 2015.
Description:
1 online resource (13 pages) : color illustrations.
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Summary note:
"In 2013, VA estimated that about 1.5 million veterans required mental health care, including for MDD. MDD is a debilitating mental illness related to reduced quality of life and increased risk for suicide. VA also plays a role in suicide risk assessment and prevention. This testimony addresses the extent to which (1) veterans with MDD who are prescribed an antidepressant receive recommended care and (2) VAMCs are collecting information on veteran suicides as required by VA. The testimony is based on GAO's November 2014 report, VA Health Care: Improvements Needed in Monitoring Antidepressant Use for Major Depressive Disorder and in Increasing Accuracy of Suicide Data (GAO-15-55). For that report GAO analyzed VA data, interviewed VA officials, and conducted site visits to six VAMCs selected based on geography and population served. GAO also reviewed randomly selected medical records for five veterans from each of the six VAMCs, for veterans diagnosed with MDD and prescribed an antidepressant in 2012, as well as all completed BHAP templates. The results cannot be generalized across VA. GAO followed up in May 2015 to determine the status of GAO's previous recommendations"--Preliminary page.
Notes:
"For release ... June 10, 2015."
Bibliographic references:
Includes bibliographical references.
Source of description:
Online resource, PDF version; title from caption (GAO web site, November 25, 2016).
Contents:
Background -- Veterans in our review often did not receive recommended care, and VA lacks methods to track whether recommended care is provided -- Data VA collects on veteran suicides were not always complete, accurate, or consistent.
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Other title(s):
  • Improvements needed to the monitoring of antidepressant use for major depressive disorder and the accuracy of suicide data
  • Veterans Affairs health care, improvements needed to the monitoring of antidepressant use for major depressive disorder and the accuracy of suicide data
SuDoc no.:
GA 1.5/2:GAO-15-648 T
Tech. report no.:
GAO-15-648T
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