Electronic health record availability and anxiety treatment in office-based practices

Jeffrey S. Harman, Jon Mills, Robert L. Cook, Chris Harle

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Objective: This study compared the probability of receiving anxiety treatment during a physician visit to primary care practices with and without an electronic health record (EHR). Methods: The 2007-2010 National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey was used to identify visits for anxiety (N=290). The outcome was receipt of anxiety treatment. The independent variable was the presence of a fully functioning EHR. Logistic regression was used to conduct the analysis. Results: Patients who were seen in practices with a fully functioning EHR had lower odds of being offered antianxiety medication (adjusted odds ratio [AOR]=.37, 95% confidence interval [CI]=.15-.90, p=.028), mental health counseling (AOR=.43, CI=.18-1.04, p=.061), and any anxiety treatment (AOR=.40, CI=.15-1.05, p=.062) compared with patients at practices without a fully functioning EHR. Conclusions: EHRs may have a negative impact on the delivery of care for anxiety during primary care visits. Future studies should monitor the impact of EHRs on delivery and quality of care.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1152-1155
Number of pages4
JournalPsychiatric Services
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 1 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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