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Lancet Psychiatry. 2015 Nov;2(11):1036-42. doi: 10.1016/S2215-0366(15)00332-6. Epub 2015 Sep 21.

Mental health research priorities for Europe.

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1
Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, King's College London, London, UK. Electronic address: til.wykes@kcl.ac.uk.
2
Centro de Investigación Biomédica en Red de Salud Mental, CIBERSAM, Madrid, Spain; Research and Development Unit, Parc Sanitari Sant Joan de Déu, Fundació Sant Joan de Déu, Sant Boi de Llobregat, Barcelona, Spain; Universitat de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain.
3
Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, King's College London, London, UK.
4
Centro de Investigación Biomédica en Red de Salud Mental, CIBERSAM, Madrid, Spain; Research and Development Unit, Parc Sanitari Sant Joan de Déu, Fundació Sant Joan de Déu, Sant Boi de Llobregat, Barcelona, Spain.
5
Centro de Investigación Biomédica en Red de Salud Mental, CIBERSAM, Madrid, Spain; Hospital General Universitario Gregorio Marañón, Instituto de Investigación Sanitaria Gregorio Marañón, Facultad de Medicina, Universidad Complutense, Madrid, Spain.
6
Centro de Investigación Biomédica en Red de Salud Mental, CIBERSAM, Madrid, Spain; Department of Psychiatry, Hospital Universitario de La Princesa, Instituto de Investigación Sanitaria Princesa, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Madrid, Spain.
7
Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, Semmelweis University, Budapest, Hungary.
8
Fondation FondaMental, Créteil, France; URC Eco Ile-de-France (AP-HP), Paris, France.
9
Fondation FondaMental, Créteil, France; URC Eco Ile-de-France (AP-HP), Paris, France; Institut National de la Santé et de la Recherche Médicale (INSERM U955), and Department of Psychiatry, Henri Mondor Hospital, University Paris-Est-Créteil, Creteil, Paris, France.
10
Institut National de la Santé et de la Recherche Médicale (INSERM U955), and Department of Psychiatry, Henri Mondor Hospital, University Paris-Est-Créteil, Creteil, Paris, France; ECRIN Coordination Office, Paris, France.
11
Tilburg University, Tranzo Department, Tilburg, Netherlands; Department of Health Promotion, School of Public Health and Primary Care, Maastricht University, Maastricht, Netherlands.
12
Department of Psychiatry, University of Naples SUN, Naples, Italy.
13
The Nordic School of Public Health, Gothenburg, Sweden; National Institute for Health and Welfare, Vaasa, Finland.
14
Department of Psychiatry and Psychology, South Limburg Mental Health Research and Teaching Network, Euron, Maastricht University Medical Centre, Maastricht, Netherlands.
15
Institute of Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, and Center for Epidemiology and Longitudinal Studies, Technische Universität Dresden, Dresden, Germany.
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Fondation FondaMental, Créteil, France; Institut National de la Santé et de la Recherche Médicale (INSERM U955), and Department of Psychiatry, Henri Mondor Hospital, University Paris-Est-Créteil, Creteil, Paris, France.
17
University of Manchester, Manchester Academic Health Science Centre, Manchester, UK.
18
Personal Social Services Research Unit, LSE Health and Social Care, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.
19
Tilburg University, Tranzo Department, Tilburg, Netherlands; GGz Breburg, Tilburg, Netherlands.
20
The Nordic School of Public Health, Gothenburg, Sweden; National Institute for Health and Welfare, Vaasa, Finland; Finnish Association for Mental Health, Helsinki, Finland.

Abstract

Mental and brain disorders represent the greatest health burden to Europe-not only for directly affected individuals, but also for their caregivers and the wider society. They incur substantial economic costs through direct (and indirect) health-care and welfare spending, and via productivity losses, all of which substantially affect European development. Funding for research to mitigate these effects lags far behind the cost of mental and brain disorders to society. Here, we describe a comprehensive, coordinated mental health research agenda for Europe and worldwide. This agenda was based on systematic reviews of published work and consensus decision making by multidisciplinary scientific experts and affected stakeholders (more than 1000 in total): individuals with mental health problems and their families, health-care workers, policy makers, and funders. We generated six priorities that will, over the next 5-10 years, help to close the biggest gaps in mental health research in Europe, and in turn overcome the substantial challenges caused by mental disorders.

PMID:
26404415
DOI:
10.1016/S2215-0366(15)00332-6
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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