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With the emerging international consensus towards community care of the mentally ill, there comes a growing need for meaningful evaluation of services. Redressing the current lack of guidance in this area, this book describes how to do mental health service research. It provides a comprehensive review of the most recent developments in research design, method and measurement. Each of the issues are adeptly illustrated with practical descriptions from comprehensive evaluation projects. This volume will appeal to all who are involved in mental health service research as well as those who make use of their results.

The book contains black-and-white illustrations.

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Table of Contents

List of contributors
1 Deinstitutionalisation: promises, problems and prospects 3
2 Background and goals of evaluative research in community psychiatry 19
3 Research designs for the evaluation of services 37
4 Evaluation and public policy 50
5 The Copenhagen Community Psychiatric Project (CCPP) 67
6 The Mannheim Project 82
7 Psychiatric evaluation as a process of quality assurance 96
8 Strategies of measurement and analyses 121
9 Experimental and quasi-experimental design in evaluative research 143
10 An informal introduction to graphical modelling 156
11 Meta-analysis 176
12 Sectorised services outcome research 197
13 Dynamic analysis of patterns of care 213
14 Social indicators of outcome at the system level 228
15 Psychiatric admission rates: the relationship with health and social factors and the effects of confounding variables 245
16 Randomised controlled trials of programmes 259
17 Individual patient outcomes 281
18 Caregiving in severe mental illness: conceptualisation and measurement 296
19 Needs assessment 317
20 Programme-level and system-level health economics 341
21 Conclusion 365
Index 368
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