OPAL Optimizing Provider Attitudes and Competence in Learning Mental Health Systems

The goal of the OPAL study is to develop an intervention package for Optimizing Provider Attitudes and competence in Learning mental health systems. Drawing on the evidence base for addressing provider stigma, OPAL will include facilitated social contact between providers and persons with mental illness. For structural stigma, “learning health systems” will be the model to improve attitudes and clinical care through patient engagement in service design, enhanced provider access to data, and team-based health administration. The study is taking place in Ethiopia and Nepal.

Project Team: 

PI: Brandon Kohrt (George Washington University)

Co-PIs: Eshetu Girma, Nagendra Luitel (Transcultural psychosocial organisation – Nepal)

Co-Is: Charlotte Hanlon (Addis Ababa University/KCL), Atalay Alem (AAU), Jagannath Lamicchane (TPO-Nepal), Rishav Koirala (TPO-Nepal), Bonnie Kaiser (TPO-Nepal)

Consultants: Graham Thornicroft (KCL), Clare Henderson (KCL), Mark Jordans (KCL), Murali Kartha (KCL), Heidi Lempp (KCL)