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Developing a service platform definition to promote evidence-based planning and funding of the mental health service system

Lee, Yong Yi, Meurk, Carla S., Harris, Meredith G., Diminic, Sandra, Scheurer, Roman W. and Whiteford, Harvey A. 2014, Developing a service platform definition to promote evidence-based planning and funding of the mental health service system, International journal of environmental research and public health, vol. 11, no. 12, pp. 12261-12282, doi: 10.3390/ijerph111212261.

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Title Developing a service platform definition to promote evidence-based planning and funding of the mental health service system
Author(s) Lee, Yong Yi
Meurk, Carla S.
Harris, Meredith G.
Diminic, Sandra
Scheurer, Roman W.
Whiteford, Harvey A.
Journal name International journal of environmental research and public health
Volume number 11
Issue number 12
Start page 12261
End page 12282
Total pages 22
Publisher MDPI
Place of publication Basel, Switzerland
Publication date 2014-11
ISSN 1661-7827
1660-4601
Keyword(s) Science & Technology
Life Sciences & Biomedicine
Environmental Sciences
Public, Environmental & Occupational Health
Environmental Sciences & Ecology
service platform
health systems
mental health
priority setting
decision making
health planning
health policy
cost-effectiveness
Delphi method
qualitative analysis
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POLICY
Summary Ensuring that a mental health system provides ‘value for money’ requires policy makers to allocate resources to the most cost-effective interventions. Organizing cost-effective interventions into a service delivery framework will require a concept that can guide the mapping of evidence regarding disorder-level interventions to aggregations of services that are meaningful for policy makers. The ‘service platform’ is an emerging concept that could be used to this end, however no explicit definition currently exists in the literature. The aim of this study was to develop a service platform definition that is consistent with how policy makers conceptualize the major elements of the mental health service system and to test the validity and utility of this definition through consultation with mental health policy makers. We derived a provisional definition informed by existing literature and consultation with experienced mental health researchers. Using a modified Delphi method, we obtained feedback from nine Australian policy makers. Respondents provided written answers to a questionnaire eliciting their views on the acceptability, comprehensibility and usefulness of a service platform definition which was subject to qualitative analysis. Overall, respondents understood the definition and found it both acceptable and useful, subject to certain conditions. They also provided suggestions for its improvement. Our findings suggest that the service platform concept could be a useful way of aggregating mental health services as a means for presenting priority setting evidence to policy makers in mental health. However, further development and testing of the concept is required.
Language eng
DOI 10.3390/ijerph111212261
Indigenous content off
Field of Research MD Multidisciplinary
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Free to Read? Yes
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30131857

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