Thursday, May 7, 2009
AHRQ Report Out Today
AHRQ released its reports on disparities and quality today. My favorite tidbits included the finding that "Of people who needed treatment for illicit drug use in 2006, only 20.0% of adults ages 1844 and 11.2% of children ages 1217 received it. These rates remain significantly unchanged from 2002. " and that even using a "relatively low standard against which to assess quality of mental health care", few adults with major depressive episodes received adequate treatment. I didn't see any markers of children's mental health care in the quality report, other than the substance abuse stuff. Even with low standards, we aren't doing very well.