Journal Article

Supporting decision-making processes for evidence-based mental health promotion

Eva Jané-Llopis, Heinz Katschnig, David McDaid and Kristian Wahlbeck

in Health Promotion International

Volume 26, issue suppl_1, pages i140-i146
Published in print December 2011 | ISSN: 0957-4824
Published online December 2011 | e-ISSN: 1460-2245 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/heapro/dar076
Supporting decision-making processes for evidence-based mental health promotion

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The use of evidence is critical in guiding decision-making, but evidence from effect studies will be only one of a number of factors that will need to be taken into account in the decision-making processes. Equally important for policymakers will be the use of different types of evidence including implementation essentials and other decision-making principles such as social justice, political, ethical, equity issues, reflecting public attitudes and the level of resources available, rather than be based on health outcomes alone. This paper, aimed to support decision-makers, highlights the importance of commissioning high-quality evaluations, the key aspects to assess levels of evidence, the importance of supporting evidence-based implementation and what to look out for before, during and after implementation of mental health promotion and mental disorder prevention programmes.

Keywords: evidence; decision making; mental health; promotion; prevention

Journal Article.  3469 words. 

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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