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2023 Jan 30

JMIR Ment Health


Leveraging Symptom Search Data to Understand Disparities in US Mental Health Care: Demographic Analysis of Search Engine Trace Data.


Rochford B, Pendse S, Kumar N, De Choudhury M
JMIR Ment Health. 2023 Jan 30; 10:e43253.
PMID: 36716082.


In the United States, 1 out of every 3 people lives in a mental health professional shortage area. Shortage areas tend to be rural, have higher levels of poverty, and have poor mental health outcomes. Previous work has demonstrated that these poor outcomes may arise from interactions between a lack of resources and lack of recognition of mental illness by medical professionals.