Priorities for Mental Health Research in Europe: A Survey among National Stakeholders' Associations Within the ROAMER Project

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For which topic were research priorities identified?

mental health

In which location was the research priority setting conducted?

Europe

Why was it conducted at all?

A general principle repeatedly affirmed in recent years in the health care field is that research agendas should reflect the needs and values of the peoplewho use and pay for health services as well as those of the professionals who work in those services. This is unlikely to be achieved without directly involving representatives of both categories of stakeholders in the development of those agendas. This general principle seems to be particularly relevant in the field of mental health, where different views of the various groups of interest have been reported concerning several issues, such as the target of mental health services (in particular, thresholds for diagnosis and intervention), the expected outcomes of the interventions, and the research priorities to be pursued. Within the frame of ROAMER (A Roadmap for Mental Health Research in Europe”) - a project funded by the European Commission and designed to develop a comprehensive, consensus-based roadmap to promote and integrate mental health research in Europe - a workpackage has been established to implement a formal consultation process of various categories of stakeholders about priority areas for mental health research at the national and European level, and about the most appropriate modalities for their involvement in that research.

What was the objective?

to explore the views of psychiatrists, other mental health professionals, users and carers, and psychiatric trainees about priorities for mental health research in Europe, and the importance and the level of development in their country of various mental health research areas

What was the outcome?

a list of 10 research areas

How long did the research prioritization take?

No information provided.

Which methods were used to identify research priorities?

survey

How were the priorities for research identified exactly?

Step 1: survey: participants were asked to identify the five priorities for mental health research in Europe from a list of research areas and to rate importance and level of development in their country

Which stakeholders took part?

National associations/ organizations of psychiatrists, other mental health professionals, users and/or carers, and psychiatric trainees. 108 associations participated: 31 associations of psychiatrists, 32 associations of other mental health professionals, 23 organizations of users and/or carers, and 22 associations of psychiatric trainees.

How were stakeholders recruited?

A list of national associations/organizations of psychiatrists, other mental health professionals, users and/or carers, and psychiatric trainees active in the countries of the European Union was built up. A total of 154 associations/organizations were contacted via email.

Were stakeholders actively involved or did they just participate?

Stakeholders were mere participants of the research prioritization process; they were not actively involved in the process.