Are Women at Increased Risk of Suicidal Ideation if They Opt for Abortion? AND more on Best 5 Monday Reads

1) Five-Year Suicidal Ideation Trajectories Among Women Receiving or Being Denied an Abortion

Levels of suicidal ideation were similarly low between women who had abortions and women who were denied abortions. Policies requiring that women be warned that they are at increased risk of becoming suicidal if they choose abortion are not evidence based.

2) Predicting Suicide Attempts and Suicide Deaths Following Outpatient Visits Using Electronic Health Records

Prediction models incorporating both health record data and responses to self-report questionnaires substantially outperform existing suicide risk prediction tools.

3) Randomized Clinical Trial of Computerized and Clinician-Delivered CBT in Comparison With Standard Outpatient Treatment for Substance Use Disorders: Primary Within-Treatment and Follow-Up Outcomes

This first trial of computerized CBT as a virtual stand-alone intervention delivered in a clinical setting to a diverse sample of patients with current substance use disorders indicated that it was safe, effective, and durable relative to standard treatment approaches and was well-liked by participants. Clinician-delivered individual CBT, while efficacious within the treatment period, was unexpectedly associated with a higher dropout rate and lower effects at follow-up.

4) Mobile Health (mHealth) Versus Clinic-Based Group Intervention for People With Serious Mental Illness: A Randomized Controlled Trial

Both interventions produced significant gains among clients with serious and persistent mental illnesses who were mostly from racial minority groups. The mHealth intervention showed superior patient engagement and produced patient satisfaction and clinical and recovery outcomes that were comparable to those from a widely used clinic-based group intervention for illness.

5) Global Prevalence of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Illicit Drug Use: A 2017 Status Report

In 2015, the estimated prevalence in the adult population was 18.3% for heavy episodic alcohol use; 15.2% for daily tobacco smoking; and 3.8%, 0.77%, 0.37%, and 0.35% for past-year cannabis, amphetamine, opioid, and cocaine use, respectively.

European regions had the highest prevalence of heavy alcohol and daily tobacco use, while high-income North America had the highest prevalence of cannabis, opioid, and cocaine dependence.


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