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SBI Codes Can Work in Community Hospitals (posted 9/1)

Posted: September 01, 2009

Screening and brief intervention (SBI) for alcohol and other drug problems can be effectively implemented in community hospitals if certain barriers are addressed and overcome, according to researchers at Rhode Island Hospital. The study was published in the August 2009 issue of the journal Substance Abuse .  The researchers' goal was to develop, implement and evaluate the adoption of a model of SBI, using feedback from the community hospital ED.  Most past research on SBI has been conducted in academic medical facilities, but more than half of all visits to emergency-rooms -- the primary nexus for SBI -- take place in community hospitals.  Researcher Michael Mello, M.D., and colleagues, using feedback from emergency-department staff, developed, implemented and evaluated a model SBI program for community hospitals.  Click here for more information.

Publication on the Characteristics of Children of Immigrants (posted 8/30)

Posted: August 30, 2009

In tandem with their Children of Immigrants Data Tool , the Urban Institute has released a publication, entitled Children of Immigrants: National and State Characteristics , that describes the national and state characteristics of children of immigrants based on recent American Community Survey data.  Since children of immigrants account for almost a quarter (24 percent) of children under age 5, their share in the school-age population will increase, with important implications for education policy.  In addition, children of immigrants' poverty and low-income rates vary across states, highlighting the importance of state and local policies in promoting children's well-being.  Click here for more information.  Click here to download the report.

Data Tool on Children of Immigrants (posted 8/30)

Posted: August 30, 2009

The Urban Institute has released a data tool that allows users to generate charts on the characteristics of children of immigrants, age 0 to 17, for the United States and for the 50 states and the District of Columbia.  Statistics on 21 features include citizenship and the immigrant status (foreign vs. native-born) of children and their parents; children’s race, ethnicity, and school enrollment; parents’ education and English proficiency; and family composition, income, and work effort. The child and parents’ citizenship and immigrant status (foreign vs. native-born) can be used as reference points for comparisons.  Data for the tool came from the 2005 and 2006 American Community Survey.  Click here to access the tool. 

Foreclosures Spur Depression (posted 8/30)

Posted: August 30, 2009

The Washington Post reports that homeowners who undergo foreclosure have increased rates of depression.  Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine questioned 250 homeowners going through foreclosure in Philadelphia and found that 47 percent showed symptoms of depression, with 37 percent exhibiting signs of major depression.  "The rate was especially high considering previous research showed that only about 12.8 percent of people living in poverty were depressed, the study found."  To read the article click here .

Guidelines for Primary Care of Patients with HIV (posted 8/28)

Posted: August 28, 2009

The HIV Medicine Association and the Infectious Diseases Society of America have issued new primary care guidelines for the management of patients with HIV, MedPage Today reports. Published in Clinical Infectious Diseases , the guidelines—last updated in 2004—address HIV infection transmission, HIV diagnosis, risk screening, disease management and adherence to care plans. Among the changes, the guidelines increase the list of recommended diagnostic tests and suggest applying the medical home model approach to address the complex medical needs of patients with HIV.  Click here for more information.

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