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Linking epidemiology and disability measurement with mental health service policy and planning1

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  11 October 2011

Rachel Jenkins*
Affiliation:
Institute of Psychiatry, London, UK
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Indirizzo per la corrispondenza: Professor R. Jenkins, Institute of Psychiatry, De Crespigny Park, Denmark Hill, London SE5 8AF (UK). Fax +44 — (0)171-277.1462. E-maii: r.jenkins@iop.bpmf.ac.uk

Summary

Objective — This article reviews the extent to which epidemiology and disability measurement can con-tribute to mental health and service policy and planning. Methods — The review explores the information required for local, mental and international policy and planning in a variey of settings. Results — Epidemiology and disability measurement are essential to underpin policy and planning that are responsive to local needs, together with information on service inputs and processes and health outcomes. Conclusions — Epidemiology and disability measurement should be an integral part of the policy and planning process to support the development of service, and service processes and the measurement of health outcomes for not only specialist mental heath services, but also activities in primary care, schools and workplaces.

Riassunto

Scopo — Questo articolo discute in quale misura l'epidemiologia e la misurazione della disabilità puó dare un contributo alia salute mentale, alia politica dei servizi e alia pianificazione. Metodo — La rassegna esamina le informazioni necessarie per una politica e una pianificazione locale e internazionale in diversi setting. Risultati — L'epidemiologia e la misurazione della disabilità sono essenziali per sostenere una politica di pianificazione che dia risposta ai bisogni locali, contemporaneamente ad informazioni sugli input e sulle variabili di processo e di esito. Conclusioni — L'epidemiologia e la misurazione della disabilità dovrebbero essere parte integrante della politica sanitaria e della pianificazione atte a sostenere lo sviluppo del servizio, i suoi processi e la misurazione degli esiti, non solo per i servizi specialistici di salute mentale, ma anche per l'attività nella medicina di base, nelle scuole e nei posti di lavoro.

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Articles
Copyright
Copyright © Cambridge University Press 1998

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Footnotes

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Testo della lettura magistrale tenuta al Terzo Congresso Nazionzle della Società talianadi Epidemiologia Psichiatnca (Milano 19-21 Novembre 1997)

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