Top 25 global mental health research priorities published in Nature journal

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An international group of more than 400 mental health experts have identified 25 top research priorities which promise to improve the lives of people with mental, neurological, and substance-use disorders.

The Grand Challenges in Global Mental Health Initiative was organised by the US National Institutes of Health and the Global Alliance for Chronic Diseases. Experts from more than 60 countries came together to form the panel including clinicians, researchers, and programme organisers.

The top five challenges ranked by disease-burden reduction, impact on equity, immediacy of impact, and feasibility are:

  1. Integrate screening and core packages of services into routine primary health care
  2. Reduce the cost and improve the supply of effective medications
  3. Provide effective and affordable community-based care and rehabilitation
  4. Improve children’s access to evidence-based care by trained health providers in low- and middle-income countries
  5. Strengthen the mental-health component in the training of all health-care personnel

Grand challenges in global mental health (PDF). Nature, 7th July 2011; 475: 27-30.

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André Tomlin is an Information Scientist with 20 years experience working in evidence-based healthcare. He's worked in the NHS, for Oxford University and since 2002 as Managing Director of Minervation Ltd, a consultancy company who do clever digital stuff for charities, universities and the public sector. Most recently André has been the driving force behind the Mental Elf and the National Elf Service; an innovative digital platform that helps professionals keep up to date with simple, clear and engaging summaries of evidence-based research. André is a Trustee at the Centre for Mental Health and an Honorary Research Fellow at University College London Division of Psychiatry. He lives in Bristol, surrounded by dogs, elflings and lots of woodland!

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