Patient–Provider Communication: Understanding the Role of Patient Activation for Latinos in Mental Health Treatment

This article highlights results from the Right Question Project–Mental Health (RQP-MH), an intervention designed to teach skills in question formulation and to increase patients’ participation in decisions about mental health treatment, especially experiences with Latinos. The findings suggest that cultural and contextual factors can influence Latinos’ participation in health care interactions, and the authors provide recommendations for application of this strategy in the mental health field with Latinos.

Disparities in Alcohol-Related Problems Among White, Black, and Hispanic Americans

This study assesses racial/ethnic disparities in negative social consequences of drinking and alcohol dependence symptoms among White, Black, and Hispanic Americans, and examines how heavy alcohol consumption patterns and social disadvantage account for observed disparities.

Cultural competence in outpatient substance abuse treatment: Measurement and relationship to wait time and retention

Effective implementation of culturally competent practices is dependent on organizational practices. This study used a nationally representative sample of outpatient substance abuse treatment programs to examine organizational practices and managers’ culturally sensitive beliefs relationship with wait time and retention in OSAT organizations that treat Latinos and African American clients.

Drug Use Among Hispanics: A Brief Evidence-Based Guide for Providers

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA)
Provides a sample of empirically supported practices and offers guidance to counselors and other providers serving Hispanic clients on where to obtain more in-depth and comprehensive information.

Lifetime Prevalence of Pathological Gambling Among American Indian and Hispanic American Veterans

Westermeyer et al examine the prevalence and clinical correlates of pathological gambling among 1228 American Indian and Hispanic American veterans in the southwest and north central regions of the US. A 70% lifetime comorbidity of psychiatric disorders suggests that early interventions for pathological gambling should consider common psychiatric conditions rather than focusing on pathological gambling alone.


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