UCLA research reveals how a year of change affected Californians ’ health

Although more Californians than ever had health insurance in 2020, disparities in access to health care among the state ’s racial and ethnic groups was magnified during a year of unprecedented challenges and changes.Those are among the key findings of the latestCalifornia Health Interview Survey, which is conducted by theUCLA Center for Health Policy Research. The survey included responses from 22,661 California households, including 21,949 adults, 1,365 adolescents and 3,548 children.“This is one of the most important data releases in the survey’s 20-year history because it sheds light on how impactful the pandemic was on multi-year trends in California for health-related behaviors and access to health care, as well as unfair treatment due to race or ethnicity,” saidTodd Hughes, director of the California Health Interview Survey.The findings will be discussed in a webinartoday, Sept. 22, at 12 noon PDT.According to the survey:21.6% of Californians delayed or forewent medical care in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic; the phenomenon was more pronounced among adults 65 and older, 44.2% of whom said they delayed or forewent care.94.0% of Californians had health insurance in 2020 — the highest percentage ever recorded in the survey. The figure was 92.7% in 2019, and 85.4% in 2001, when the survey began.6.4% of Black adults and 4.2% of Asian adults experienced “unfair treatment” based on their race or ethnicity, more than any other racial...
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Three children ’s advocacy organizations, including the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP), on Tuesdaydeclared a national state of emergency in child and adolescent mental health requiring urgent government action.AACAP, along with the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Children ’s Hospital Association, said that social isolation and other effects of the COVID-19 pandemic—including uncertainty, fear, and grief—have exacerbated longstanding problems affecting youth ’s mental health. Areport inPediatricsthis month showed that more than 140,000 U.S. children have expe...
Source: Psychiatr News - Category: Psychiatry Tags: AACAP adolescent children COVID-19 grief isolation mental health national emergency pandemic suicide Source Type: research
ConclusionsThe measure to overcome skepticism to participate was mainly possible due to building trust to key persons. More measure how to conduct studies in populations which are reluctant to participate in research will be discussed. To obtain results in times of crises it is necessary to get data as well in difficult to reach populations.
Source: The European Journal of Public Health - Category: General Medicine Source Type: research
Abstract During the pandemic, deaths associated with mental health deterioration due to social stress have contributed to excess mortality. The purpose of the study is to evaluate changes in mortality from causes associated with social stress during the pandemic in Moscow. The analysis is based on the Rosstat statistics and RFS-EMIAS database (Medical death certificates issued by the Moscow health institutions) in 2019-2020. Deaths from mental disorders and suicides during the maximum and minimum excess mortality in Moscow in 2020 were compared to 2019 (May and December, when mortality exceeded the 2019 indicators by ...
Source: The European Journal of Public Health - Category: General Medicine Source Type: research
DiscussionED and SOSMed visits are the most reactive data sources to assess the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on the mental health of French population. These results confirm that the impact concerns all age groups. For children, the condition seems to worsen in 2021 and highlight the need of a close follow-up of the situation and the reinforcement of preventive measures in order to prevent long-term impacts.Key messagesResults confirm an impact of COVID-19 pandemic on populations mental health.Impact of COVID-19 on mental health: a long-term issue for children?
Source: The European Journal of Public Health - Category: General Medicine Source Type: research
ConclusionsThe prevalence of ╚Ťanxiety and depression in the general population has increased relative to pre-pandemic estimates in response to the Covid-19 pandemic and associated public health measures.Key messagesIn nationally representative telephone surveys of Irish adults conducted following the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, the prevalence of anxiety and depression is estimated at approximately 30%.Higher than average levels of anxiety or depression were reported in females, those who had experienced a change in their work, individuals cocooning and those with moderate to heavy drinking.
Source: The European Journal of Public Health - Category: General Medicine Source Type: research
ConclusionsThe results of the present study are to some extent consistent with the findings of comparable studies, but show higher proportions of depressive and anxiety symptoms with the highest severity levels. The data suggest that there is a case for tailored public health interventions that respond to the identified mental health needs of tertiary students in Slovenia.Key messages55% of respondents reported having depressive symptoms (PHQ-9 ≥10), with 16% reporting severe depressive symptoms, and 10.1% reported frequent suicidal ideation.51.3% of the respondents reported having more pronounced anxiety symptoms (GAD ...
Source: The European Journal of Public Health - Category: General Medicine Source Type: research
AbstractIndividuals who are exposed to traumatic events that violate their moral values may experience severe distress and functional impairments known as “moral injuries.” Despite interest, there is no consensus definition of moral injury. Research about moral injury, especially among military personnel, veterans, has proliferated. The scientific study of moral injury began 2009 with the definition that moral injurious events are those that entai l “perpetrating, failing to prevent, bearing witness to, or learning about acts that transgress deeply held moral beliefs and expectations”. These events ...
Source: The European Journal of Public Health - Category: General Medicine Source Type: research
Suicide is an ongoing problem in older adults: compared to younger groups, older adults die by suicide at higher rates and use more lethal means1,2. Risk factors for elder suicide during the COVID-19 pandemic include social disconnectedness, isolation, deaths of peers, devaluing of older adults by media, and financial insecurity3,4. Psychological underpinnings of elder suicidality involve thwarted belongingness and perceived burdensomeness. Addressing these dynamics with family may mitigate this risk, yet COVID-19 has limited visitation and family work during inpatient treatment of suicidal older adults.
Source: The American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry - Category: Geriatrics Authors: Source Type: research
Psychol Med. 2021 Oct 19:1-25. doi: 10.1017/S0033291721004384. Online ahead of print.NO ABSTRACTPMID:34664545 | DOI:10.1017/S0033291721004384
Source: Psychological Medicine - Category: Psychiatry Authors: Source Type: research
Monitoring all-cause excess mortality, above an expected level of total deaths, as a pandemic unfolds is one of the key ways to evaluate its mortality impact (Weinberger et al., 2020). All-cause excess mortality estimates include deaths that are directly or indirectly attributed to the pandemic (CDC, Serfling, 1963). Besides direct deaths due to COVID-19, deaths indirectly attributed to the COVID-19 pandemic include those related to denied or delayed care for acute emergencies (Schirmer et al., 2020) (Maringe et al., 2020) or other chronic conditions (Douglas et al., 2020), the disruption of routine health care services in...
Source: International Journal of Infectious Diseases - Category: Infectious Diseases Authors: Source Type: research
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