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The Implementation of the WHO Mental Health Gap Intervention Guide (mhGAP-IG) in Ukraine, Armenia, Georgia and Kyrgyz Republic

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Institute of Psychiatry of Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, 03022 Kyiv, Ukraine
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Doctor Psychologist, University Clinic of Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, 03022 Kyiv, Ukraine
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Department of Neurology, Psychiatry and Physical Rehabilitation, Kyiv Medical University, 02000 Kyiv, Ukraine
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Medical Psychology Department, Mkhitar Heratsi Yerevan State Medical University, Yerevan 0025, Armenia
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Department of Psychiatry, Tbilisi State Medical University, Tbilisi 0159, Georgia
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Department of Psychiatry, Kyrgyz-Russian Slavic University, Bishkek 720022, Kyrgyzstan
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Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Division, University of Hawai’i John A. Burns School of Medicine, Honolulu, HI 96813, USA
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Centre for Child and Adolescent Mental Health and Child Protection, Institute of Psychiatry, Trondheim Norwegian University of Science and Technology, 7491 Trondheim, Norway
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Academic Editor: Paul B. Tchounwou
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(9), 4391; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18094391
Received: 6 February 2021 / Revised: 5 March 2021 / Accepted: 8 March 2021 / Published: 21 April 2021
(This article belongs to the Section Mental Health)
Despite the increasing burden of mental disorders, a lot of people worldwide suffer a gap in receiving necessary care in these countries. To close this gap, the WHO has developed mhGAP training modules aimed at scaling up mental health and substance use disorders services, especially in low- and middle-income countries. This article presents the experience of implementing the Mental Health Gap Action Programme (mhGAP) in Ukraine, Armenia, Georgia, and Kyrgyz Republic. Data were gathered from an electronic questionnaire administered to representatives from higher educational institutions where the Mental Health Gap Action Programme Intervention Guide (mhGAP-IG) was implemented in existing curricula for medical students, interns, and residents in family medicine and neurology, practicing physicians, and master’s program in mental health students. More than 700 students went through the programs that provided the feedback. Evaluations of program effectiveness mainly involved standard discipline tests or pre- and post-tests proposed in the mhGAP trainer manual. This finding suggested that mhGAP-IG can be successfully adapted and implemented both on undergraduate and on postgraduate education levels and among medical and nonmedical specialists. Future evaluations need to more definitively assess the clinical effectiveness of mhGAP-IG implementation. View Full-Text
Keywords: GAP; mental health; implementation; Intervention Guide GAP; mental health; implementation; Intervention Guide
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Pinchuk, I.; Yachnik, Y.; Kopchak, O.; Avetisyan, K.; Gasparyan, K.; Ghazaryan, G.; Chkonia, E.; Panteleeva, L.; Guerrero, A.; Skokauskas, N. The Implementation of the WHO Mental Health Gap Intervention Guide (mhGAP-IG) in Ukraine, Armenia, Georgia and Kyrgyz Republic. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18, 4391. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18094391

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Pinchuk I, Yachnik Y, Kopchak O, Avetisyan K, Gasparyan K, Ghazaryan G, Chkonia E, Panteleeva L, Guerrero A, Skokauskas N. The Implementation of the WHO Mental Health Gap Intervention Guide (mhGAP-IG) in Ukraine, Armenia, Georgia and Kyrgyz Republic. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2021; 18(9):4391. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18094391

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Pinchuk, Irina, Yulia Yachnik, Oksana Kopchak, Kristine Avetisyan, Khachatur Gasparyan, Gayane Ghazaryan, Eka Chkonia, Lilya Panteleeva, Anthony Guerrero, and Norbert Skokauskas. 2021. "The Implementation of the WHO Mental Health Gap Intervention Guide (mhGAP-IG) in Ukraine, Armenia, Georgia and Kyrgyz Republic" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 18, no. 9: 4391. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18094391

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