Setting mental health priorities helps researchers, policy makers, and service funders improve mental health services. In the
context of a national mental health implementation programme in England, this study aims to identify implementable
evidence-based interventions in key priority areas to improve mental health service delivery.
A mixed-methods research design was used for a three step prioritisation approach involving systematic scoping reviews
(additional manuscript under development), expert consultations and data triangulation. Groups with diverse expertise, including
experts by experience, worked together to improve decision-making quality by promoting more inclusive and comprehensive
discussions. A multi-criteria decision analysis (MCDA) model was used to combine participants' varied opinions, data and judgments
about the data's relevance to the issues at hand during a decision conferencing workshop where the priorities were finalised.
The study identified mental health interventions in three mental health prior¬ity areas: mental health inequalities, child and
adolescent mental health, comorbidities with a focus on integration of mental and physical health services and mental health and
substance misuse problems. Key interventions in all the priority areas are outlined. The programme is putting some of these
evidence-based interventions into action nationwide in each of these three priority mental health priority areas.
We report an inclusive attempt to ensure that the list of mental health service priorities agrees with perceived needs on the
ground and focuses on evidence-based interventions. Other fields of healthcare may also benefit from this methodological approach
if they need to make rapid health-prioritisation decisions.
|Journal||Frontiers in Health Services|
|Publication status||Accepted/In press - 17 Jul 2023|