Understanding the complexity of mental health services research data

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Bruce Levin


This chapter will examine the complexity of data that are being generated by a multitude of individuals and organizations within the various areas of mental health and substance abuse services research. It will also examine the role of technology in the complexity of services research and in accessing research databases. In addition, this chapter will identify some of the major databases in mental health services research and illustrate the complexity of collecting, organizing, and accessing information from a vast array of data collection sources.


3rd ed. Ed. B. L. Levin, K. Hennessey, & J. Petrila. New York, NY: Oxford University Press