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4 Results for Health Topics

4.5 Mental health and psychosocial support

4.5.3 Recommendations for future research

  • Evidence is required on effectiveness and feasibility of scaling-up low intensity and low cost psychological interventions.
  • Substantially more evidence is required on the effectiveness of psychosocial interventions.
  • Evidence on the effectiveness of group-based interventions as well as interventions for individuals.
  • Effectiveness of interventions using parents, peers, natural support systems, and schools.
  • Evidence on the use of inter-sectoral approaches (e.g. nutrition, protection, education).
  • Evidence on using a modular transdiagnostic approach to treating mental disorders, including multiple disorders.
  • Evidence on the effectiveness and feasibility of e-mental health interventions.
  • Evidence on the effectiveness and feasibility of training interventions.
  • The effectiveness of interventions that address common issues underlying multiple disorders.
  • Effectiveness of different training methods.
  • Evidence on the effectiveness of treating common mental disorders but also severe mental disorders, drug and harmful alcohol use, and having a focus on functioning as a key outcome.
  • Evidence from RCTs and quasi experiemental studies is required. However, use of other study designs is of value, including the use routine clinical outcome data. More evidence using mixed methods is required to improve acceptability and appropriateness of interventions and associated research.
  • Substantially more evidence is required on the feasibility of rolling out interventions into practice settings, particularly economic feasibility and cost-effectiveness of interventions.
  • Evidence is particularly required for interventions that focus on the needs of children, adolescents, older populations and survivors of sexual and other forms of gender-based violence.
  • Greater evidence on potentially harmful effects of mental health interventions is required.
  • The quality of research needs to improve in order to ensure valid and reliable results.
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