Traumatic Brain Injury in North Carolina

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) can range from mild concussions to life-threatening trauma. This issue of the NCMJ discusses various issues related to TBI, including the impact of North Carolina’s motorcycle helmet law, prevention and management of sports-related concussions, the need for behavioral health care for TBI survivors, the effect of TBI among North Carolina’s veterans, management of TBI among older adults, and advances in prehospital care for TBI. TABLE OF CONTENTS | FULL ISSUE (pdf) »

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Project Lazarus: An Innovative Community Response to Prescription Drug Overdose

The Role of Primary Care Providers in Managing Falls

INVITED COMMENTARY Falls threaten the ability of older adults to live independently in the community. Fortunately, national and state organizations have created tools that allow primary care providers to easily assess fall risk, and small changes in practice patterns can provide patients with the resources necessary to prevent falls, thus helping to reverse a costly, deadly epidemic.

Psych NP-NC: A Benchmark Graduate Nurse Practitioner Program for Meeting the Mental Health Needs in North Carolina

INVITED COMMENTARY UNC–Chapel Hill’s Psych NP-NC program prepares clinically and culturally proficient nurse practitioners to provide psychiatric and mental health care in North Carolina areas that are medically underserved and have a greater number of health disparities. This article reviews the program and the role of its graduates and makes policy recommendations for improving mental health care in the state.

Initiatives to Improve Access to Behavioral Health Services in the Veterans Affairs Health System

INVITED COMMENTARY In response to veterans’ needs in the context of recent deployments, the Veterans Affairs (VA) health system has increased the number of its facilities and caregivers and has pioneered changes in policy and programs. We review significant recent initiatives to improve access to behavioral health services in the VA health system.

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  • 76(4) Clinical guidelines
  • 76(5) Military health