Developing a service platform definition to promote evidence-based planning and funding of the mental health service system

Lee, Yong Yi, Meurk, Carla S., Harris, Meredith, Diminic, Sandra, Scheurer, Roman W. and Whiteford, Harvey A. (2014) Developing a service platform definition to promote evidence-based planning and funding of the mental health service system. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 11 12: 12261-12282. doi:10.3390/ijerph111212261


Author Lee, Yong Yi
Meurk, Carla S.
Harris, Meredith
Diminic, Sandra
Scheurer, Roman W.
Whiteford, Harvey A.
Title Developing a service platform definition to promote evidence-based planning and funding of the mental health service system
Journal name International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1660-4601
1661-7827
Publication date 2014-11-26
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.3390/ijerph111212261
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 11
Issue 12
Start page 12261
End page 12282
Total pages 22
Place of publication Basel, Switzerland
Publisher MDPI AG
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Ensuring that a mental health system provides ‘value for money’ requires policy makers to allocate resources to the most cost-effective interventions. Organizing cost-effective interventions into a service delivery framework will require a concept that can guide the mapping of evidence regarding disorder-level interventions to aggregations of services that are meaningful for policy makers. The ‘service platform’ is an emerging concept that could be used to this end, however no explicit definition currently exists in the literature. The aim of this study was to develop a service platform definition that is consistent with how policy makers conceptualize the major elements of the mental health service system and to test the validity and utility of this definition through consultation with mental health policy makers. We derived a provisional definition informed by existing literature and consultation with experienced mental health researchers. Using a modified Delphi method, we obtained feedback from nine Australian policy makers. Respondents provided written answers to a questionnaire eliciting their views on the acceptability, comprehensibility and usefulness of a service platform definition which was subject to qualitative analysis. Overall, respondents understood the definition and found it both acceptable and useful, subject to certain conditions. They also provided suggestions for its improvement. Our findings suggest that the service platform concept could be a useful way of aggregating mental health services as a means for presenting priority setting evidence to policy makers in mental health. However, further development and testing of the concept is required
Keyword Cost Effectiveness
Decision making
Delphi method
Health planning
Health policy
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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