New publication provides an overview of CGMH project PRIME

10 January 2013

PlosMedicine has recently published an article describing one of the CGMH’s major projects- The Programme for Improving Mental Health Care (PRIME). The aim of PRIME is to generate evidence on the implementation and scaling up of integrated packages of care for priority mental disorders in primary and maternal health care contexts in Ethiopia, India, Nepal, South Africa, and Uganda. This paper, co-authored by CGMH staff members Mary De Silva, Martin Prince, Graham Thornicroft, Mark Jordans, Charlotte Hanlon, Vikram Patel and others describes how the programme is utilising the UK Medical Research Council complex interventions framework and the “theory of change” approach, incorporating a variety of qualitative and quantitative methods to evaluate the acceptability, feasibility, and impact of these packages. It also describes how PRIME includes a strong emphasis on capacity building and the translation of research findings into policy and practice, with a view to reducing inequities and meeting the needs of vulnerable populations, particularly women and people living in poverty.

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