Towards Population Health: Using a Behavioral Health Learning System and Measurement-Based Care to Improve Access, Care, Outcomes and Disparities

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Community Mment Health J. 2022 Mar 30. doi: 10.1007/s10597-022-00957-3. Online ahead of print.


There is an urgent need to achieve the behavioral health of the population. The mental health system faces enormous challenges in providing access to mental health services, improving quality and equity of care, and ensuring good health outcomes across all subpopulations. There is little evidence on increasing access within very limited resources, staging/sequencing treatment along care pathways, or personalizing treatments. The conceptual model of the learning healthcare system offers a potential paradigm shift to address these challenges. In this article, we provide an overview of how the three concepts of population health, learning health systems, and measurement-based care are interrelated, and provide an example of how a health system academic, community and safety net approaches integrating these paradigms into its service delivery system. The results of the implementation will be described in a later publication. We conclude by discussing how, ultimately, to significantly improve the behavioral health of the population, a learning health care system could extend to a learning health community to target critical points of prevention and intervention.

PMID:35352203 | DO I:10.1007/s10597-022-00957-3

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