Bridges to Better Health and Wellness: An Adapted Health Care Manager Intervention for Hispanics with Serious Mental Illness

  • Leopoldo J. Cabassa
  • Yamira Manrique
  • Quisqueya Meyreles
  • David Camacho
  • Lucia Capitelli
  • Richard Younge
  • Dianna Dragatsi
  • Juana Alvarez
  • Roberto Lewis-Fernández
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Abstract

This study examined the feasibility, acceptability, and initial impact of bridges to better health and wellness (B2BHW), a culturally-adapted health care manager intervention for Hispanics with serious mental illness (SMI). Thirty-four Hispanics with SMI and at risk for cardiovascular disease were enrolled. Mixed-linear models were used to examine changes over 12-months on patient activation, self-efficacy, patient-rated quality of care, receipt of preventive primary care services, and quality of life. The majority of participants completed the intervention (85%) with high satisfaction. Significant improvements were found for patient activation, self-efficacy, patients’ ratings of quality of care, and receipt of preventive primary care.

Keywords

Hispanics Latinos Serious mental illness Health care disparities Health care management Patient-centered care Cultural adaptation 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Leopoldo J. Cabassa
    • 1
  • Yamira Manrique
    • 2
  • Quisqueya Meyreles
    • 3
  • David Camacho
    • 2
  • Lucia Capitelli
    • 3
  • Richard Younge
    • 4
  • Dianna Dragatsi
    • 5
  • Juana Alvarez
    • 3
  • Roberto Lewis-Fernández
    • 5
  1. 1.School of Social Work, Columbia University and the New York State Center of Excellence for Cultural CompetenceNew York State Psychiatric InstituteNew YorkUSA
  2. 2.School of Social WorkColumbia UniversityNew YorkUSA
  3. 3.New York State Psychiatric InstituteNew YorkUSA
  4. 4.Columbia Center for Family and Community MedicineColumbia University Medical CenterNew YorkUSA
  5. 5.Department of PsychiatryColumbia University Medical CenterNew YorkUSA

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