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Friday, 4 February 2011

No health without mental health

The mental health outcomes strategy was published on Feb 2, 2011 (here). It is meant to add substance to the visions set out the New Horizons document that it now supersedes. Its aim is to spell out actions that will deliver better health outcomes and a transformation in public's attitudes toward mental health problems. The headlines were grabbed by the announcement to invest around £400m over the next four years to provide a choice of psychological therapies to patients.  However, this is just one part of a wider strategy.

Some interesting outcome measurement issues are also raised with the strategy announcing the use of the EQ-5D to measure carer well-being in its Outcomes Framework and the use of a new national measure of wellbeing  (ONS is consulting on new measures of wellbeing).