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Eur J Public Health. 2015 Apr;25(2):249-54. doi: 10.1093/eurpub/cku232. Epub 2015 Feb 11.

Research priorities for public mental health in Europe: recommendations of the ROAMER project.

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1 Faculty of Education and Welfare Studies, Åbo Akademi University, Vaasa, Finland 2 National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL), Mental Health Promotion Unit, Vaasa, Finland 3 Nordic School of Public Health NHV, Gothenburg, Sweden anna.k.forsman@abo.fi.
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4 Finnish Association for Mental Health, Helsinki, Finland.
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5 Division of Mental Health, Norwegian Institute of Public Health, Oslo, Norway.
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6 Health Services Research Unit, IMIM - Institut Hospital del Mar d'Investigacions Mèdiques, Barcelona, Spain 7 CIBER en Epidemiolgía y Salud Pública (CIBERESP), Barcelona, Spain 8 Health and Life Sciences Department, Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF), Barcelona, Spain.
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9 National University of Ireland Galway, Health Promotion Research Centre, Galway, Ireland.
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10 URC Eco Ile-de-France, AP-HP, Paris, France 11 University Paris Diderot, ECEVE UMR 1123, INSERM, Paris, France.
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12 Chronic Diseases Research Center (CEDOC) and Department of Mental Health, Faculdade de Ciências Médicas, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Lisbon, Portugal.
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13 Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK.
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14 St. John of God Clinical Research Centre, Brescia, Italy.
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5 Division of Mental Health, Norwegian Institute of Public Health, Oslo, Norway 15 Institute of Clinical Medicine, University of Oslo, Oslo, Norway 16 Health Services Research Center, Akershus University Hospital, Lørenskog, Norway.
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17 Health Service and Population Research Department, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, King's College London, London, UK.
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18 Department of Psychiatry, University of Naples SUN, Naples, Italy.
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19 Department of Health Sciences, Lund University, Lund, Sweden.
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20 Centro de Investigación Biomédica en Red de Salud Mental, Madrid, Spain 21 Parc Sanitari Sant Joan de Déu, Fundació Sant Joan de Déu, Sant Boi de Llobregat, Research and Development Unit, Barcelona, Spain 22 Universitat de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain.
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11 University Paris Diderot, ECEVE UMR 1123, INSERM, Paris, France 23 Fondation FondaMental, Créteil, France.
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24 Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, University of Leipzig, Leipzig, Germany.
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25 IMEHPS Research, Vienna, Austria 26 Medical University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria.
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27 Technische Universität Dresden, Institute of Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, Dresden, Germany.
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28 Instituto de Salud Carlos III, Centro de Investigación Biomédica en Red de Salud Mental, Madrid, Spain 29 Department of Psychiatry, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Madrid, Spain 30 Department of Psychiatry, Instituto de Investigación Sanitaria Princesa, Hospital Universitario de La Princesa, Madrid, Spain.
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31 University of Copenhagen, Mental Health Center Copenhagen, Copenhagen NV, Denmark.
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20 Centro de Investigación Biomédica en Red de Salud Mental, Madrid, Spain 21 Parc Sanitari Sant Joan de Déu, Fundació Sant Joan de Déu, Sant Boi de Llobregat, Research and Development Unit, Barcelona, Spain.
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32 University of Liverpool, Liverpool, UK.
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15 Institute of Clinical Medicine, University of Oslo, Oslo, Norway 33 Division of Mental Health Services, Akershus University Hospital, Lørenskog, Norway.
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34 Medical Faculty Mannheim, Central Institute of Mental Health, University of Heidelberg, Mannheim, Germany.
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35 Warwick Medical School, University of Warwick, Coventry, UK.
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36 Administration for Occupational Health & Safety, Department of Occupational Health and Research, Reykjavík, Iceland.
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37 Tranzo Department, Tilburg University, Tilburg, The Netherlands 38 GGz Breburg, TopClinical Center for Body, Mind and Health, Tilburg, The Netherlands.
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2 National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL), Mental Health Promotion Unit, Vaasa, Finland 39 Faculty of Arts, Psychology, and Theology, Abo Akademi University, Turku, Finland.
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40 Finnish Institute of Occupational Health, Development of Work and Organizations, Helsinki, Finland.
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41 Estonian-Swedish Mental Health and Suicidology Institute, Tallinn, Estonia 42 Tallinn University, Tallinn, Estonia.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

The ROAdmap for MEntal health Research in Europe project aimed to create an integrated European roadmap for mental health research. Leading mental health research experts across Europe have formulated consensus-based recommendations for future research within the public mental health field.

METHODS:

Experts were invited to compile and discuss research priorities in a series of topic-based scientific workshops. In addition, a Delphi process was carried out to reach consensus on the list of research priorities and their rank order. Three web-based surveys were conducted. Nearly 60 experts were involved in the priority setting process.

RESULTS:

Twenty priorities for public mental health research were identified through the consensus process. The research priorities were divided into summary principles-encompassing overall recommendations for future public mental health research in Europe-and thematic research priorities, including area-specific top priorities on research topics and methods. The priorities represent three overarching goals mirroring societal challenges, that is, to identify causes, risk and protective factors for mental health across the lifespan; to advance the implementation of effective public mental health interventions and to reduce disparities in mental health.

CONCLUSIONS:

The importance of strengthening research on the implementation and dissemination of promotion, prevention and service delivery interventions in the mental health field needs to be emphasized. The complexity of mental health and its broader conceptualisation requires complementary research approaches and interdisciplinary collaboration to better serve the needs of the European population.

PMID:
25678606
DOI:
10.1093/eurpub/cku232
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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