Bentson H McFarland

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RATIONALE Methamphetamine (MA) dependence accounts for substantial neuropsychiatric morbidity. Furthermore, there is evidence in the literature of psychiatric and cognitive impairment in chronic users. OBJECTIVES This report compares the general psychiatric and cognitive functioning, including impulsive decision-making, of individuals dependent on MA and(More)
BACKGROUND Methamphetamine (MA)-dependent individuals prefer smaller immediate over larger delayed rewards in delay discounting (DD) tasks. Human and animal data implicate ventral (amygdala, ventral striatum, ventrolateral prefrontal cortex insula) and dorsal (dorsolateral prefrontal cortex, dorsal anterior cingulate cortex and posterior parietal cortex)(More)
OBJECTIVES Understanding lifestyle improvements among individuals with chronic illness is vital for targeting interventions that can increase longevity and improve quality of life. METHODS Data from the U.S. Health and Retirement Study were used to examine changes in smoking, alcohol use, and exercise 2-14 years after a diagnosis of heart disease,(More)
OBJECTIVE Admissions to psychiatric emergency services have frequently been cited as a gauge of how well a mental health system manages behavioral disorders. However, few measurements of the longitudinal association between psychiatric emergencies and characteristics of a mental health system have been described. The purpose of this study was to assess(More)
OBJECTIVE For decades, lithium has been prescribed to treat bipolar disorder. Its efficacy has been documented by clinical trials and by data from specialized clinics. An issue of considerable interest is the use of lithium in managed care systems. This project examined the use of lithium and its continuity of use by enrollees of a health maintenance(More)
Oregon is one of three states that allows persons to prepare a legal document-and advance directive-to stipulate the mental health treatment they wish to receive should they lose their decision-making capacity. An informal one-page questionnaire on the use of advance directives for mental health treatment in the state was enclosed in newsletters sent to(More)
OBJECTIVE The use of second-generation antipsychotics for conditions not approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is a prevalent phenomenon with important implications. The objective of this study was to determine the accuracy of administrative claims for identifying off-label use of second-generation antipsychotics in a Medicaid population(More)
The purpose of this study was to assess the independent association of physical illness and functional limitations with suicide mortality risk. The Cox proportional hazards model was used with data from the 1986-1994 National Health Interview Survey linked to the 1986-1997 National Death Index to analyze the effects of chronic physical illness and(More)
The authors examine the emergency commitment process in one Oregon county and present data that document the impact of a local detention facility. The study reconfirms the dependence of commitment processes on the mental health system in which they occur, illustrates the relative inability of specific laws to determine the actual nature of commitment(More)
OBJECTIVE To examine a cohort of Medicaid patients with new prescriptions for atypical antipsychotic medication to determine the prevalence of subtherapeutic atypical antipsychotic medication use and to identify patient and prescribing provider characteristics associated with occurrence of subtherapeutic use. METHOD This observational cohort study(More)