A framework for evidence-based mental health care and policy

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Salvador-Carulla L, Haro JM, Ayuso-Mateos JL. A framework for evidence-based mental health care and policy. Objective: 

Care planning integrates a growing number of disciplines, research fields and analysis techniques. A framework of the main areas of interest with regard to evidence-based health care in mental health is provided here. Method: 

The framework is based on the experience of working with data analysts and health and social decision makers at the PSICOST/RIRAG network, a Spanish research association which includes psychiatrists, health economists and health policy experts, as well as on a review of the literature. Results: 

Three main areas have been identified and described here: outcomes management, knowledge discovery from data, and decision support systems. Their use in mental health care is reviewed. Conclusion: 

It is important to promote bridging strategies among these new fields in order to enhance communication and information transfer between the different parts involved in mental health decision making: i) clinicians and epidemiologists, ii) data analysts, iii) care policy makers and other end-users.

Keywords: evidence-based medicine; management decision support systems; outcomes research

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1600-0447.2006.00914.x

Affiliations: 1: PSICOST Research Association, Jerez de la Frontera, 2: Sant Joan de Deu-SSM, Fundació Sant Joan de Déu, St Boi de Llobregat, Barcelona 3: Professor of Psychiatry. Department of Psychiatry, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Hospital Universitario de la Princesa, Spain

Publication date: December 1, 2006

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