Patient Race Associated with Varied Psychiatric Treatment Experiences

New research published in Adm Policy Ment Health finds that African-American veterans receiving psychiatric treatment experience weaker relationships with providers, less engagement in treatment, and are less likely to adhere to medication than their White counterparts. Johanne Eliacin and fellow researchers explored the association between race and key components of patient engagement while controlling for important sociodemographic factors. Results indicate that race is significantly related to patient experiences of therapeutic factors considered to be instrumental in successful treatment.

Findings point to association between race and the mental health care experiences of African-American and White veterans