Mental Health Service Use Among Commercially Insured Adults During Pandemic

JAMA Health Forum

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About The Study: Researchers found in this study of 5.1 million commercially insured adults across all 50 U.S. states that the COVID-19 pandemic was associated with a rapid increase in telehealth services for mental health conditions, offsetting a sharp decline in in-person care and generating overall higher service utilization rates for several mental health conditions compared with pre-pandemic levels. 

Authors: Christopher M. Whaley, Ph.D., of the RAND Corporation in Santa Monica, California, is the corresponding author.

 

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