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Elizabeth Ann ReuterFollow

Start Date

17-8-2018 10:00 AM

End Date

17-8-2018 11:30 AM

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Abstract

Background: Cook County Public Health Systems located in Cook County, Illinois, are responsible for providing free and low cost psychiatric care to thousands of residents despite continuing state and federal budget cuts and inadequate Medicaid reimbursements. This not only financially strains county taxpayers, but it also limits treatment options, negatively impacts patients, and places an extreme burden on the public service workforce.

Objectives: The purpose of this integrative literature review was to identify the major barriers of providing psychiatric care within Cook County Public Health Systems.

Method: An integrative literature review was conductedusing the databases of Academic Search Complete, CINAHL, ScienceDirect, and Proquest Sociological. Search terms include Cook County, public health, services, health systems, mental illness, psychiatric care, mental health care, Illinois, Chicago, statistics, issues, factors, health data, interventions, prevention, health care facilities, resources, costs, and behavioral health.

Results: Among the eleven articles reviewed, four major barriers were identified: (1) lack of funding, (2) staff shortages in the public service workforce, (3) criminalization of mental illness, and (4) psychosocial aspects of mental illness. Throughout the literature, lack of funding was highlighted as the most significant barrier to providing psychiatric care.

Conclusion: This study examines the existing barriers to providing psychiatric care, however, more research is necessary to further understand how each specific barrier affects not only the ability to provide care, but also how each barrier affects the population of Cook County residents receiving care.

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Aug 17th, 10:00 AM Aug 17th, 11:30 AM

Barriers to Providing Psychiatric Care Within Cook County Public Health System: An Integrative Literature Review

Abstract

Background: Cook County Public Health Systems located in Cook County, Illinois, are responsible for providing free and low cost psychiatric care to thousands of residents despite continuing state and federal budget cuts and inadequate Medicaid reimbursements. This not only financially strains county taxpayers, but it also limits treatment options, negatively impacts patients, and places an extreme burden on the public service workforce.

Objectives: The purpose of this integrative literature review was to identify the major barriers of providing psychiatric care within Cook County Public Health Systems.

Method: An integrative literature review was conductedusing the databases of Academic Search Complete, CINAHL, ScienceDirect, and Proquest Sociological. Search terms include Cook County, public health, services, health systems, mental illness, psychiatric care, mental health care, Illinois, Chicago, statistics, issues, factors, health data, interventions, prevention, health care facilities, resources, costs, and behavioral health.

Results: Among the eleven articles reviewed, four major barriers were identified: (1) lack of funding, (2) staff shortages in the public service workforce, (3) criminalization of mental illness, and (4) psychosocial aspects of mental illness. Throughout the literature, lack of funding was highlighted as the most significant barrier to providing psychiatric care.

Conclusion: This study examines the existing barriers to providing psychiatric care, however, more research is necessary to further understand how each specific barrier affects not only the ability to provide care, but also how each barrier affects the population of Cook County residents receiving care.