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Psychiatric Services Editor Lisa Dixon, M.D., M.P.H., and Podcast Editor and co-host Josh Berezin, M.D., M.S., discuss key aspects of research recently published by Psychiatric Services. Tune in to learn about the latest mental health services research and why it is relevant. Topics include community-based treatment programs, collaborative care, evidence-based treatment and service delivery, criminal and social justice, policy analysis, and more.

Jul 26, 2022

Dr. Bonnie Zima, M.D., M.P.H., joins Dr. Dixon and Dr. Berezin to discuss trends in child emergency department discharges, hospitalization, and mental health care utilization before and after statewide school closure orders due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Dr. Zima is a Professor-in-Residence in the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at the University of California, Los Angeles.

  • How did you get interested in this topic? [01:06]
  • Study design [02:26]
  • The team [03:25]
  • The data set: Pediatric Health Information System (PHIS) [06:51]
  • What’s in the data? [08:06]
  • Looking at data from 2019 and 2020 [09:27]
  • Medical data as a baseline [10:10]
  • Changes are relative [12:07]
  • Stratification by psychiatric disorder [12:35]
  • Untangling the effects of the pandemic [15:53]
  • Examining the co-occurrence of medical and mental health disorders [17:13]
  • What are the important take home lessons [19:12]
  • IS there a correlation between the severity of the outbreak and service utilization? [22:36]
  • What’s next for this research? [23:23]
  • Research and COVID [26:08]


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