Clinician's Corner Blog

A PHCoE blog series written by leaders, clinicians and experts on current topics of interest for psychological health care providers in the Military Health System.

  • Psych Health Evidence Briefs: Providers’ One-Stop-Shop for Treatment Information March 21, 2017

    Have you had patients ask about new sensational treatments that have been highlighted in the media or that they heard about from friends? How many of your patients have questioned the effectiveness of their current treatment? Are you interested in being better able to educate your patients about treatment options?

  • Intro to Data: Using Big Data in the Military Health System March 6, 2017

    In recent years, the term “big data” has become a popular buzzword, sometimes thrown around to make projects seem more modern and exciting. But what does it really mean?

  • New Tools for Primary Care Providers: First-line Treatment of Alcohol Misuse Drinking glasses on a bar February 21, 2017

    It’s another Monday morning at the clinic. As you turn in the black swivel chair to welcome your first patient of the day, you catch a faint whiff of alcohol. You start by asking what brought him in and go through the standard questions about his health. When you get to the alcohol questions, he responds that he usually has “a couple of drinks on the weekend but nothing major.” You look to see that your technician asked about consumption and the patient’s response was about two times a month. So the information is not lining up.

  • How Often do People Lose Security Clearances Because of Mental Health Reasons? February 6, 2017

    Psychologists and psychiatrists working in military treatment facilities are often asked to do security clearance evaluations, sometimes referred to as DoDCAFs (Department of Defense Central Adjudication Facility). These evaluations can best be conceptualized as forensic or operational in nature, in that the intent of the evaluation is ultimately a question of national security and there is no traditional doctor/patient relationship assumed by either party.

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