Behavioral health in America

By Josh Gray and Stewart Richardson | February 6, 2017


Behavioral health is impacted by a variety of factors, including key demographic indicators like age, gender, race/ethnicity, and whether a person has access to insurance. The following data visualization enables you to compare how these factors affect health and how they correlate. Note: the underlying data set was compiled in 2017. 

Demographic and clinical factors of behavioral health 

Explore trends in behavioral health with this unique data set representing over 100 million patient encounters and 80,000 providers across the U.S. Select and compare demographic and clinical factors.

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About the data

This data set derives from athenahealth’s national network of providers using the athenaClinicals electronic health record. We isolated a sample of more than 4 million patients who had three or more lifetime visits with their primary-care provider and have seen their physician at least once in the last year. Using diagnosis codes from each patient’s medical record, we identified patients who had one of the following mental health conditions on their active problem list: anxiety, depression, insomnia and ADHD. We then combined this data with additional data on patient age, gender, race and insurance information.

Users are invited to explore the data by selecting up to two mental health conditions at a time and examining those conditions for the entire sample or a specific demographic group. Users can choose to examine data by either percentage of patients or percentage of visits. Viewing by patients provides insight into illness rates in a population, whereas viewing by visits indicates the proportion of provider visits involving patients with these conditions.

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