Accession Number : ADA323715

Title :   Defense Health Care: Need for More Prescribing Psychologists is not Adequately Justified.

Corporate Author : GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE WASHINGTON DC HEALTH EDUCATION AND HUMAN SERVICES D IV

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Report Date : 01 APR 1997

Pagination or Media Count : 30

Abstract : The Military Health Services System (MHSS) has more psychiatrists than it needs to meet its current and upcoming readiness requirements, according to our analysis of DoD'S health care needs. Therefore, the MHSS needs no prescribing psychologists nor any other additional mental health care providers authorized to prescribe psychotropic medication. Moreover, DoD does not even account for prescribing psychologists when determining its medical readiness needs. Although DoD met its goal to train psychologists to prescribe drugs, it faced many difficulties in implementing the Psychopharmocology Demonstration Project (PDP). Not all of these were resolved. For example, the MHSS never had a clear vision of the prescribing psychologist's role, did not meet recruitment goals, and repeatedly changed the curriculum. Consequently, ACNP recommended in 1995 that unless these issues were addressed, the PDP should end.

Descriptors :   *MILITARY REQUIREMENTS, *MILITARY OCCUPATIONAL SPECIALTIES, *PSYCHIATRY, *PSYCHOLOGISTS, MILITARY PERSONNEL, COMBAT READINESS, MANPOWER UTILIZATION, MILITARY MEDICINE, ACTIVE DUTY, MENTAL HEALTH, PERSONNEL RETENTION, JOB ANALYSIS, CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY, MILITARY DOWNSIZING, PSYCHOTHERAPY, MENTAL DISORDERS, PSYCHOTROPIC AGENTS.

Subject Categories : Psychology
      Personnel Management and Labor Relations

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE