Three studies described below illustrate the types of studies possible in the Mental Health Research Network.
Our network is a consortium of researchers focused on mental health, with expertise that includes epidemiology, health services, economics, disparities, outcomes and quality assessment, and conducting pragmatic clinical trials within our health system partner organizations. Our researchers are located in research centers across the United States that are embedded in large and diverse health care systems. The health systems we partner with serve a diverse population of over 12.5 million people in 15 states. Health systems all include an integrated delivery system, access to electronic medical and administrative data, the ability to define patient populations, and the ability to connect with and reach out to these patients. As such, we are able to conduct "real world" research that is highly relevant to patients and health system leaders.
Our network has unique assets that can be leveraged to play a key role in transforming mental health care. To illustrate this capability, we showcase 3 recently completed or ongoing studies on suicide:
- FDA Warnings on antidepressants & suicidality - (Christine Lu, Lead investigator, Harvard Pilgrim - 11 MHRN sites participated)
This study demonstrates the network's capacity to examine relatively rare events using interrupted time series methods to examine questions requiring large numbers of records.
- Suicide Prevention Study (Greg Simon, Lead Investigator, Group Health - 3 MHRN sites participating)
Ground-breaking study that aims to recruit ~20,000 patients into a randomized pragmatic trial on suicide prevention.
- Treatment Utilization Before Suicide - (Brian Ahmedani, Lead investigator, Henry Ford Health System - 8 MHRN sites participating)
This study will use electronic medical record data from 8 MHRN sites to optimize suicide risk identification in primary care and general medical stettings.
We welcome new collaborators in our efforts to transform the understanding, diagnosis, and treatment of mental disorders.