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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Sheila Lahijani, MD (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: This is a book without precedent, a strategically compiled series of topics that address principles, clinical scenarios, and models for interventions. It presents these in an organized and descriptive manner to inform readers about the issues surrounding global mental health trials.
Purpose: This book aims to present the practical information necessary to improve mental healthcare around the world, particularly as it relates to trials and specific methodological, economical, and ethical issues.
Audience: Any mental health clinician or researcher would benefit from reading this. Those who are involved in public health, especially, would gain useful practical knowledge to enhance the delivery of mental healthcare.
Features: The book is prudently organized into the three main parts: principles of global mental health trials, case studies of global mental health trials, and beyond trials: reducing the mental health treatment gap. Initially, the book discusses the fundamentals of global mental health trials, such as the development and applicability of interventions in global settings. Then, it presents cases for specific disorders, such as depression and suicide prevention. Finally, it discusses models for intervention. Each chapter is composed of clearly delineated sections with helpful figures and tables as well as resources gathered by leading international researchers.
Assessment: While there are other books covering global mental health topics, this book is unique in its focus on presenting global mental health trials comprehensively and clearly. The emphasis is on the disparities in mental health trials on a global scale and the necessity to improve this situation. Finally, it presents the information in an organized and thoughtful manner that leaves readers more knowledgeable in areas that are otherwise poorly defined.