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Horizon 2020 Priorities in Clinical Mental Health Research: Results of a Consensus-Based ROAMER Expert Survey

Department of Health Promotion, School for Public Health and Primary Care (CAPHRI), Maastricht University, MD 6200, Maastricht, the Netherlands
Tranzo Department, Tilburg University, LE 5000, Tilburg, The Netherlands
Clinical Centre for Body, Mind and Health, GGz Breburg, Tilburg, 5042 DA, The Netherlands
Trimbos Institute, AS 3500, Utrecht, The Netherlands
Department of Psychiatry and Psychology, South Limburg Mental Health Research and Teaching Network, Euron, Maastricht University Medical Center, MD 6200, Maastricht, The Netherlands
Institute of Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, Technische Universität Dresden, Dresden 01062, Germany
Institute of Neuroscience, Hospital Clinic, University of Barcelona, IDIBAPS, CIBERSAM, Barcelona 08036, Spain
Centro de Investigación Biomédica en Red de Salud Mental, CIBERSAM, Madrid 28029, Spain
Research and Development Unit, Parc Sanitari Sant Joan de Déu, Fundació Sant Joan de Déu, Sant Boi de Llobregat, Barcelona 08830, Spain
Universitat de Barcelona, Barcelona 08007, Spain
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2014, 11(10), 10915-10939;
Received: 15 July 2014 / Revised: 19 September 2014 / Accepted: 30 September 2014 / Published: 21 October 2014
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Mental Health Care)
Within the ROAMER project, which aims to provide a Roadmap for Mental Health Research in Europe, a two-stage Delphi survey among 86 European experts was conducted in order to identify research priorities in clinical mental health research. Expert consensus existed with regard to the importance of three challenges in the field of clinical mental health research: (1) the development of new, safe and effective interventions for mental disorders; (2) understanding the mechanisms of disease in order to be able to develop such new interventions; and (3) defining outcomes (an improved set of outcomes, including alternative outcomes) to use for clinical mental health research evaluation. Proposed actions involved increasing the utilization of tailored approaches (personalized medicine), developing blended eHealth/mHealth decision aids/guidance tools that help the clinician to choose between various treatment modalities, developing specific treatments in order to better target comorbidity and (further) development of biological, psychological and psychopharmacological interventions. The experts indicated that addressing these priorities will result in increased efficacy and impact across Europe; with a high probability of success, given that Europe has important strengths, such as skilled academics and a long research history. Finally, the experts stressed the importance of creating funding and coordinated networking as essential action needed in order to target the variety of challenges in clinical mental health research. View Full-Text
Keywords: clinical mental health research; Delphi survey; priorities; Horizon 2020 clinical mental health research; Delphi survey; priorities; Horizon 2020
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Elfeddali, I.; Van der Feltz-Cornelis, C.M.; Van Os, J.; Knappe, S.; Vieta, E.; Wittchen, H.-U.; Obradors-Tarragó, C.; Haro, J.M. Horizon 2020 Priorities in Clinical Mental Health Research: Results of a Consensus-Based ROAMER Expert Survey. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2014, 11, 10915-10939.

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