About this book
- Incorporates mental health services, research, and education, informatics, and library and information science to portray the challenges and opportunities for persons working in mental health informatics
- Each chapter has an implications section for the larger field of mental health informatics
Mental Health Informatics offers a comprehensive examination of contemporary issues in mental health that focuses on the innovative use of computers and other information technology in support of patient care, education, services delivery, and research in the field of mental health services. This text deals with resources, devices, and formalized methods for optimizing the storage, retrieval, and management of information for problem solving and decision-making in mental health.
Mental health informatics is an interdisciplinary field based upon computer and information sciences, the cognitive and decision sciences, public health and mental health (including epidemiology), and telecommunications. Researchers in informatics have discovered new methods and techniques to enhance health and mental health care, scientific and applied research, and education through information technology.
The fourteen chapters are divided into four main parts, including: 1) an introduction to informatics, public health, and mental health; 2) an overview of the ethical, legal, services delivery, and organizational issues in data/records standards and technology adoption; 3) discusses research in today's online environment, addressing issues including research competencies, standards for literature reviews, constructing search strategies, and synthesizing findings; and 4) provides a discussion of the globalization of information and future issues in policy and practice in mental health informatics.
Readership: Mental Health Informatics has been designed for a variety of audiences, including: 1) graduate students in public health, mental health, library science, information science, social work, psychiatric nursing, and other graduate students; post-doctoral fellows in the behavioral health and information science fields; 2) professionals currently managing mental health programs and information systems in hospitals, managed care organizations, mental health clinics, and community mental health centers; and 3) policymakers and professionals in mental health services delivery within local, regional, state, and national levels of government.
Table of contents
1. Informatics & public health
2. Mental health
3. Informatics and mental health
4. Data and standards
5. Management information systems
6. Adoption & implementation of mental health information technology
7. Legal & ethical issues in mental health informatics
8. Taking research to practice
9. Research, professional, & educational competencies
10. Types of data
11. Information retrieval, interfaces, and strategies
12. Selected mental health informatics databases
13. Globalization of information
14. Policy & practice