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.
Intro to Data: Using Big Data in the Military Health System
Intro to Data: Using Big Data in the Military Health SystemMarch 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
New Tools for Primary Care Providers: First-line Treatment of Alcohol MisuseFebruary 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?
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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