Journal article

International planning directions for provision of mental health services

Jane Pirkis, Meredith Harris, William Buckingham, Harvey Whiteford, Clare Townsend-White

ADMINISTRATION AND POLICY IN MENTAL HEALTH AND MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES RESEARCH | MAIK NAUKA/INTERPERIODICA/SPRINGER | Published : 2007

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' ..

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