Journal article

Service user and family participation in mental health policy making in Timor-Leste: a qualitative study with multiple stakeholders

Teresa Hall, Ritsuko Kakuma, Lisa Palmer, Harry Minas, Joao Martins, Greg Armstrong

BMC Psychiatry | BioMed Central | Published : 2020

Abstract

Background Participation in mental health system strengthening by people with mental health problems and their families is a cornerstone of people-centred mental health care, yet there is a dearth of research about participation from low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), particularly from the Asia Pacific region. Hence, this study aimed to assess the current situation, challenges, enabling factors and future actions for service user and family participation in mental health policy making in Timor-Leste. Methods In-depth interviews were conducted with 85 adults (≥18 years) who were: (1) mental health service users (n = 20) and their families (n = 10); (2) government decision makers (n = ..

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