A proposed approach for management of community mental health projects in areas of political conflict

Saymah, Deya-Edeen (2015). A proposed approach for management of community mental health projects in areas of political conflict. University of Birmingham. Ph.D.


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Background: The burden of mental disorders in post-conflict areas is higher than in countries where there is no conflict. Post-conflict areas lack the resources to respond to such high burden, resulting in a treatment gap. This study explored the potential for mental health reform in Gaza. Design: Mixed methods study. Methods: The WHO-AIMS questionnaire was used to assess mental health services in Gaza and documentary analysis was conducted to evaluate the Mental Health Policy and Plan. Healthcare professionals‟ mental health training needs were identified and policy makers, healthcare professionals, service users and carers took part in focus groups to elicit their perspectives on mental health reform. Framework analysis was used to identify recurrent themes. Results: Psychotherapy, recovery, family intervention and crisis management were rated priority training areas. Poor coordination between governmental and non-governmental organisations and short-term funding were identified as main barriers to mental health reform. Service users and carers felt excluded from service delivery and development and suggested possible models of partnership working with service providers to address exclusion. Conclusion: Meaningful mental health reform in post-conflict areas requires inclusive policy development, targeted staff training, improved coordination between different service providers, and partnership working between service providers and service users and carers.

Type of Work: Thesis (Doctorates > Ph.D.)
Award Type: Doctorates > Ph.D.
College/Faculty: Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Medical & Dental Sciences
School or Department: School of Health and Population Sciences, Primary Care Clinical Sciences
Funders: None/not applicable
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
URI: http://etheses.bham.ac.uk/id/eprint/5729


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