It's Complicated: Behavioral Health and Medical Comorbidity

BY SARAH BROWN, DrPH, DATA ANALYST

IT’S COMPLICATED
February 28, 2019 MHO

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  1. Amanda M. 3 months ago

    What systems are in place that help nursing staff obtain accurate information on comorbid illnesses and medication usage when the patient is unable to provide that information?

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      MHO 3 months ago

      As with any healthcare clinical system or process, the patient is typically the primary source of information. Psychiatric patients can present additional information gathering challenges but should not be discounted as a reliable source of information. Following patient self-report of symptoms and concerns are physician and nursing examinations, labs and bloodwork, and information gathering from family or others who may have insight as to a patients well-being or medication regimen. Often additional medical information can be gathered from an existing medical record. MHO uses two primary sources when gathering comorbidity data: Diagnostic information from client facilities and patient self-report.

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