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Best Practices in Mental Health Reform: Discussion Paper (PDF Document, 285 KB, 47 pages) (1997), prepared by the Health Systems Research Unit, Clarke Institute of Psychiatry

The Best Practices in Mental Health Reform Project was developed and funded by the Federal/Provincial/Territorial Advisory Network on Mental Health (ANMH), an intergovernmental forum for national collaboration on identification, critical analysis and researching of mental health issues. This discussion paper summarizes the first two phases of the project (a critical review of the evidence base for "best practices" relevant to mental health reform, with a focus on chronic and severe mental illness, and a situational analysis of mental health reform policies, practices and initiatives in Canada which approximate "best practices"). It then addresses the implementation of best practices across entire systems of care, and offers several recommendations for action.

Quality of Life Measurement Among Persons with Chronic Mental Illness: A Critique of Measures and Methods (1996), prepared by Mark Atkinson, PhD and Sharon Ziblin, M.Sc.

This document is intended to cover the basic issues, methods and instruments, and to foster an understanding of what is needed to employ Quality of Life (QoL) measurement in a meaningful way in clinical practice, evaluation activities or research projects. Issues and methods addressed include definitions of QoL, instrument reliability and validity, the validity of measurement methods, evaluation design, and the role of QoL measurement in mental health planning and policy formulation.

Evaluation of Programs for the Treatment of Schizophrenia: A Health Economic Perspective (1994), prepared by Ron Goeree

This document presents a health economic perspective on the evaluation of treatment programs for schizophrenia, with a focus on quantitative research. The report touches on the different types of economic evaluations, describing and assessing in detail an evaluation model that focuses on outcome measures. The use of basic economic evaluation terms and concepts is also discussed.

Evaluation of Programs for the Treatment of Schizophrenia:  Part II A Review of Selected Programs in Canada (1996), prepared by Ron Goeree

This document presents a review and case study of several model programs and their evaluation activities, including the instruments used.  Part II is useful in presenting concrete examples to illustrate the principles espoused in the earlier publication.  These examples provide a basis for suggestions on how to bridge the gap between what is currently being done and what might ideally be done with respect to the evaluation of schizophrenia programs.

Suicide and Suicide Prevention

The Human Face of Mental Health and Mental Illness (2006)

Violence and Abuse

Mental Illness and Violence: Proof or Stereotype? (1996)

Mental health advocates have traditionally stated that persons with mental illness are no more likely to commit violent acts than are persons who are not mentally ill. However, there has been growing uncertainty as to the exact nature of the relationship [between mental illness and violence], among caregivers, health care providers, and advocacy groups, spawned, on one hand, by sensational media accounts and television dramas, and on the other, by conflicting scientific reports. To help shed light on this issue, this critical review of the literature was undertaken.

National Clearinghouse on Family Violence (NCFV)

The National Clearinghouse on Family Violence of the Public Health Agency of Canada is a national resource centre for all Canadians seeking information and solutions to violence within the family. Professionals, other front-line workers, researchers and community groups need to know what their colleagues and counterparts are doing across the country. By sharing the latest research and information on all aspects of prevention, protection and treatment, the Clearinghouse is helping Canadian communities reach for solutions.