Cutler Institute for Health and Social Policy

Population Health and Health Policy, Maine Rural Health Research Center

Patterns of Care for Rural and Urban Children with Mental Health Problems

Abstract: 

Research indicates that privately insured, rural adults have lower use of office-based mental health services, but higher use of prescription medicines than their urban counterparts.  Patterns for rural children may be different from urban children because of the limited supply of pediatric mental health providers in rural areas, which may lead to reduced access and lower use of mental health services in rural areas versus urban.  Using data on children ages 5-17 from the 2002-2008 of the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey, researchers from the Maine Rural Health Research Center find that rural children are significantly less likely to be diagnosed and treated for non-ADHD mental health problems than urban children and are less likely to receive mental health counseling.  The rural-urban difference is greatest among those children scoring in the “possible impairment” range on the Columbia Impairment Scale.

Suggested citation for Working Paper:

Anderson, N., Neuwirth, S., Lenardson, J.D., & Hartley, D. (2013, June). Patterns of care for rural and urban children with mental health problems. (Working Paper #49). Portland, ME: University of Southern Maine, Muskie School of Public Service, Maine Rural Health Research Center. http://muskie.usm.maine.edu/Publications/MRHRC/WP49-Rural-Children-Menta...

Suggested citation for associated Research & Policy Brief: 

Anderson, N., Neuwirth, S., Lenardson, J.D., & Hartley, D. (2013, June). Rural children experience different rates of mental health diagnosis and treatment. (Research & Policy Brief). Portland, ME: University of Southern Maine, Muskie School of Public Service, Maine Rural Health Research Center. http://muskie.usm.maine.edu/Publications/MRHRC/Rural-Children-Mental-Hea...

Publication Type: 
Research and Policy Brief
Publish Date: 
June 17, 2013
URL: 
http://muskie.usm.maine.edu/Publications/MRHRC/WP49-Rural-Children-Mental-Health.pdf

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