The European Service Mapping Schedule (ESMS): development of an instrumentfor the description and classificationof mental health services
Method: The instrument was developed through meetings of an international expert panel and pilot stages in several European countries.
Results: Use of the European Mapping Service Mapping Schedule (ESMS) appears feasible in several countries and allowed description and classification of the full range of services identified within each of the study catchment areas.
Conclusion: The ESMS promises to fill a gap in the technology available for mental health services research. Further practical experiences of its use for a variety of purposes in a variety of settings are now needed to indicate how far the ESMS does successfully generate data which are useful to researchers and planners.
Keywords: mental health services (classification); mental health services (organization and administr; mental health services (supply and distribution); mental health services (trends); mental health services (utilization)
Document Type: Original Article
Publication date: 2000-10-01