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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2014, 11(5), 4714-4728; doi:10.3390/ijerph110504714
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Lessons from Community Mental Health to Drive Implementation in Health Care Systems for People with Long-Term Conditions

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Received: 19 March 2014; in revised form: 8 April 2014 / Accepted: 11 April 2014 / Published: 30 April 2014
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Mental Health Care)
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Abstract: This paper aims to identify which lessons learned from the evidence and the experiences accruing from the transformation in mental health services in recent decades may have relevance for the future development of healthcare for people with long-term physical conditions. First, nine principles are discussed which we first identified to guide mental health service organisation, and all of which can be potentially applied to long term care as well (autonomy, continuity, effectiveness, accessibility, comprehensiveness, equity, accountability, co-ordination, and efficiency). Second, we have outlined innovative operational aspects of service user participation, many of which were first initiated and consolidated in the mental health field, and some of which are now also being implemented in long term care (including case management, and crisis plans). We conclude that long term conditions, whether mental or physical, deserve a long-term commitment from the relevant health services, and indeed where continuity and co-ordination are properly funded implemented, this can ensure that the symptomatic course is more stable, quality of life is enhanced, and the clinical outcomes are more favourable. Innovations such as self-management for long-term conditions (intended to promote autonomy and empowerment) need to be subjected to the same level of rigorous scientific scrutiny as any other treatment or service interventions.
Keywords: long term conditions; chronic disorders; mental health care and services; community mental health; integrated care long term conditions; chronic disorders; mental health care and services; community mental health; integrated care
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Tansella, M.; Thornicroft, G.; Lempp, H. Lessons from Community Mental Health to Drive Implementation in Health Care Systems for People with Long-Term Conditions. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2014, 11, 4714-4728.

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Tansella M, Thornicroft G, Lempp H. Lessons from Community Mental Health to Drive Implementation in Health Care Systems for People with Long-Term Conditions. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2014; 11(5):4714-4728.

Chicago/Turabian Style

Tansella, Michele; Thornicroft, Graham; Lempp, Heidi. 2014. "Lessons from Community Mental Health to Drive Implementation in Health Care Systems for People with Long-Term Conditions." Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 11, no. 5: 4714-4728.



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