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.

  • Critical Incident Response in the DoD: SPRINT Team January 2, 2018

    Military members take risks every day, even outside of the combat zone. Military training exercises and accidents in military environments can result in serious injury or even death. This is in addition to what the general population may be exposed to such as natural disasters, shootings in public places, etc. The military takes very seriously the need to take care of people when terrible things happen. One example of a disaster response model employed by the Department of Defense is the Navy’s SPRINT (Special Psychiatric Rapid Intervention Team) Teams.

  • The Importance of Outreach to the Hispanic Military Community December 18, 2017

    Over the past 20 years, there has been a steady rise in the percentage of Hispanic/Latino/Spanish-Speaking (HLS) service members within the active-duty and reserve components of the U.S. military. Today approximately 12 percent of active-duty personnel identify as Hispanic, three times the number of Hispanic service members in 1980.

  • Hard Copies: The Value of Printed Educational Material for Service Members December 11, 2017

    Busy clinicians benefit from having well researched and professionally developed information readily available for clients and family members. Although many of our clients use the internet to search for information and prefer mobile apps over printed material, providers should not underestimate the usefulness of the traditional “hard copy” for educating clients and family members about mental health conditions, treatment options, coping strategies, medication compliance and where to find additional resources.

  • Rapid Review Methodology for Synthesizing Evidence and Reviewing Literature December 4, 2017

    When a multitude of research studies are conducted on the same topic, a method used to summarize and draw conclusions from them is called evidence synthesis. A gold standard of evidence synthesis – a systematic review – involves carefully formulating research questions, searching for and selecting research studies, assessing the quality of evidence, summarizing the findings, and interpreting the evidence.

  • Common Cognitive Biases in Caring for Patients November 27, 2017

    I’m the best driver I know.

    There I said it.

    It’s obvious. Look at those drivers driving too fast (or too slow), riding uncomfortably close to my bumper, weaving through traffic, not stopping for three seconds at a stop sign, no turn signal, breaking too often or too hard, running a red light, drifting across the lane line – the list could go on and on.

    Sound familiar?

    Why do I (we) think this? And how is this related to patient care? The short answer – bias.

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The views expressed in Clinician's Corner blogs are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the opinion of the Psychological Health Center of Excellence or Department of Defense.