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Level of behavioral health integration and suicide risk screening results in pediatric ambulatory subspecialty care

Urban, Tamaki H; Stein, Cheryl R; Mournet, Annabelle M; Largen, Kelsey; Wuckovich, Michael; Lois, Becky H
OBJECTIVE:This study aimed to characterize suicide risk screening results for youth in pediatric ambulatory subspecialty clinics. METHOD/METHODS:The Ask Suicide-Screening Questions was administered to patients ages 9-24 years in 12 subspecialty clinics to assess suicide risk, determined by suicide ideation/behavior. The SAMSHA-HRSA standard framework for integrated health was used to categorize each clinic's level of behavioral health integration. RESULTS:6365 patients completed 7440 suicide risk screens; 6.2% of patients screened positive at their initial screen and 4.1% at subsequent annual screens. There was no dose-response pattern between increasing level of integration and decreasing likelihood of a positive suicide screen. Youth identifying as gender expansive were 3.1 times (95% CI [2.0, 4.9]) more likely to screen positive as compared to cisgender youth, adjusted for age, gender, race/ethnicity, screen type, year, and clinic integration level. CONCLUSION/CONCLUSIONS:Results surrounding disparities in suicide risk based on gender identity underscore the importance of further investigating how to optimally identify and manage high-risk, often understudied youth at suicide risk.
PMID: 35101784
ISSN: 1873-7714
CID: 5153412

Integration of clinical decision support systems into pediatric subspecialty care

Urban, Tamaki Hosoda; Counts, Nathaniel; Lois, Becky Hashim; Risser, Heather Jill
ISSN: 2169-4826
CID: 5069932

Integrating Suicide Risk Screening into Pediatric Ambulatory Subspecialty Care

Lois, Becky H; Urban, Tamaki H; Wong, Christina; Collins, Erin; Brodzinsky, Lara; Harris, Mary Ann; Adkisson, Hayley; Armstrong, Monique; Pontieri, Jeanmarie; Delgado, Diana; Levine, Jeremiah; Liaw, K Ron-Li
Background/UNASSIGNED:Suicide risk screening is recommended in pediatric care. To date, no previous studies illustrate the implementation of suicide risk screening in pediatric subspecialty care, even though chronic medical conditions are associated with a higher risk of suicide. Methods/UNASSIGNED:A large multidivision pediatric ambulatory clinic implemented annual suicide risk screening. Patients ages 9-21 years participated in suicide risk screening using the Ask Suicide-Screening Questions during the project. A multidisciplinary team employed quality improvement methods and survey-research design methods to evaluate the feasibility and acceptability of the screening process for patients, families, and medical providers. Results/UNASSIGNED:During the quality improvement project period, 1,934 patients were offered screening; 1,301 (67.3%) patients completed screening; 82 patients (6.3% of 1,301 patients) screened positive. The monthly compliance rate held steady at 86% following several Plan-Do-Study-Act cycles of improvement. The survey results demonstrate that providers rated the suicide risk screening process positively; however, a subset of providers indicated that the screening process was out of their scope of practice or impeded their workflow. Conclusions/UNASSIGNED:Suicide risk screening is feasible in pediatric specialty care and can identify at-risk patients. Continued efforts are needed to standardize suicide risk screening practices. Future directions include identifying factors associated with suicide risk in patients in pediatric subspecialty care settings.
PMID: 32656472
ISSN: 2472-0054
CID: 5069922

Necessary Adaptations to CBT with Pediatric Patients

Chapter by: Catarozoli, Corinne; Brodzinsky, Lara; Salley, Christina G; Miller, Samantha P; Lois, Becky H; Carpenter, Johanna L
in: Handbook of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Pediatric Medical Conditions by Friedberg, Robert D; Paternostro, Jennifer K (Eds)
Cham : Springer, 2019
pp. 103-117
ISBN: 3030216837
CID: 4560282

DBT adaptations with pediatric patients

Chapter by: Lois, Becky H; Corcoran, Vincent P; Miller, Alec L
in: Handbook of cognitive behavioral therapy for pediatric medical conditions by Friedberg, Robert D [Ed]; Paternostro, Jennifer K [Ed]
Cham, Switzerland: Springer Nature Switzerland AG; Switzerland, 2019
pp. 137-150
ISBN: 978-3-030-21682-5
CID: 4630422

Nonsuicidal self-injury in adolescents: current developments to help inform assessment and treatment

Pluhar, Emily; Lois, Rebecca H; Burton, Elvin Thomaseo
PURPOSE OF REVIEW:This review summarizes the recent literature examining nonsuicidal self-injury (NSSI) in adolescents, with a particular focus on how primary care pediatricians (PCPs) might assess and intervene as a common first point of contact. This NSSI review is timely and relevant, given the prevalence rates among adolescents, as well as its link to suicidal behaviors. RECENT FINDINGS:NSSI is most prevalent among adolescents, with lifetime prevalence rates between 17 and 60%. With evidence that the most common age of onset is between 12 and 14 years, evaluating NSSI is a challenging yet necessary aspect of a comprehensive adolescent medical examination. The function of NSSI behaviors may have implications for effective treatment and should be included in assessment. The majority of research has indicated that NSSI serves an emotion regulation function, in that the behavior results in a decrease in intensity of adverse emotional states in the absence of more effective coping strategies. SUMMARY:Considering the prevalence of self-injury among adolescents, the likelihood that PCPs will encounter NSSI in their practice is quite high. Given that more than 50% of youth do not receive needed mental health services, it is critical that PCPs assess for NSSI and intervene accordingly.
PMID: 29846251
ISSN: 1531-698x
CID: 4338252

Impact of chronic illness in children on families: Kidney disease (KD) versus diabetes mellitus (DM) [Meeting Abstract]

Trachtman, H; Malaga-Dieguez, L; Vento, S M; Jane, Pehrson L; Rodgin, S L; Adkisson, H Y; Brodzinsky, L; Lois, R; Ilkowitz, J; Gallagher, M P
Background: Chronic illness in children has adverse effects on family members besides the patient and can impact the integrity and function of the family unit. Most previous studies have examined a single disease entity. However, there has been limited assessment comparing the effect of different illnesses on family function.
Method(s): Established patients treated in the pediatric ambulatory Nephrology or DM clinics were included in the study. Their parents were asked to complete the 2-page Pediatric Quality-of-Life Family Impact Module (PedsQL-FIM), version 2.0, a validated survey instrument. Clinical and laboratory data were retrieved from the electronic health record. Data were summarized as mean+/-SD. Disease group and child age were entered as predictors in linear regression analyses with FIM total and subscale scores as outcome variables. Comparisons between groups were assessed using paired t-tests.
Result(s): 96 patients (43 F: 53 M) were evaluated in the Nephrology Clinic and 55 (30 F: 25 M) in the DM Clinic. The mean age of the patients was 13.0+/-3.9 and 10.4+/- 6.3 yr, respectively. Within the KD sample, older age was significantly associated with lower scores on all FIM subscale scores. Gender was not a significant predicator for FIM scores in either disease group. Controlling for age, chronic illness group was a significant predictor of the FIM total and subscale scores. Parents of D patients endorsed significantly lower total FIM scores compared to the KD patients (D 58+/-16; KD 79+/-17 p <0.001) as well as on subscales of physical, emotional, social, and cognitive functioning, communication, worry, daily activities, family relationships, and reports of health-related quality of life (P<0.01).
Conclusion(s): Our findings confirm that chronic illness in childhood adversely affects a wide range of aspects of family function. The impact is greater in older children with KD and varies depending on the disease context. Families with children who have DM manifested greater disturbances than those with children who have isolated KD. Further study is warranted to assess the effects of the underlying renal disease and intensity of medical care and whether there are specific features can be used to identify vulnerable families
ISSN: 1533-3450
CID: 4758082


Harris, M; Lois, B; Giusti, R; Mavaro, C; Delgado, D; Sklenar, D; Liaw, R
ISSN: 1099-0496
CID: 2726852