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

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posted on 2024-06-06, 15:43 authored by YY Lee, CS Meurk, MG Harris, S Diminic, RW Scheurer, HA Whiteford
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.

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Journal

International journal of environmental research and public health

Volume

11

Pagination

12261-12282

Location

Basel, Switzerland

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  • Yes

ISSN

1661-7827

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1660-4601

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Issue

12

Publisher

MDPI

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