International planning directions for provision of mental health services

Pirkis, Jane, Harris, Meredith, Buckingham, William, Whiteford, Harvey and Townsend-White, Clare (2007) International planning directions for provision of mental health services. Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research, 34 4: 377-387. doi:10.1007/s10488-007-0116-0


Author Pirkis, Jane
Harris, Meredith
Buckingham, William
Whiteford, Harvey
Townsend-White, Clare
Title International planning directions for provision of mental health services
Journal name Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0894-587X
1573-3289
1522-3434
Publication date 2007-07
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1007/s10488-007-0116-0
Volume 34
Issue 4
Start page 377
End page 387
Total pages 11
Editor L. Bickman
Place of publication New York, NY, U.S.A.
Publisher Springer New York
Collection year 2008
Language eng
Subject C1
321204 Mental Health
730211 Mental health
Formatted abstract
Internationally, there have been calls for more strategic mental health care delivery. For this to occur, individual countries need to define 'core' mental health services and set evidence-based, country-specific resource targets related to these. Via a web search, we identified 32 current mental health plans from five developed countries. We synthesised descriptive information from these documents, in order to compare profiles of 'core' services, resource targets relating to these services, and rationales for these resource targets. Most plans list 'core' clinical services, typically including a mix of inpatient and community services. Only four plans cite resource targets for these 'core' services, and these are difficult to compare due to different definitional and counting rules. All four provide rationales for the targets, though these vary in strength. The challenge remains for individual countries to develop plans that include appropriate resource targets, and to implement initiatives that move them towards these targets.
© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2007
Keyword Public, Environmental & Occupational Health
Mental health
Core services
Planning
Targets
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

 
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