Mental health research: Developing priorities and promoting its utilization to inform policies and services

Marguerite Regan*, R. Gater, A. Rahman, V. Patel

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Abstract

Investment in research on the prevention and treatment of mental health disorders is disproportionately low in the WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region (EMR) relative to the disease burden. Scaling-up mental health research in the EMR could generate enormous returns in terms of reducing disability, improving outcomes and preventing premature death, through early diagnosis, better management and community-based rehabilitation. EMR countries must therefore work to identify research priorities, mobilize resources, develop human and infrastructure capacities and institutionalize use of research findings to guide development of policies and service delivery models. Several key strategic interventions for EMR Member States are recommended: adopt a prioritized national mental health research agenda; systematically map national and international research funding to identify and secure resources to support the implementation of the agenda; strengthen national capacity to undertake prioritized research; periodically map research output in mental health; and foster dialogue between researchers and policy-makers/programme managers.

Translated title of the contributionMental health research: Developing priorities and promoting its utilization to inform policies and services
Original languageFrench
Pages (from-to)517-521
Number of pages5
JournalEastern Mediterranean Health Journal
Volume21
Issue number7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2015
Externally publishedYes

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