Measuring quality of mental health care: A review of initiatives and programs in selected countries

Brigitta Spaeth-Rublee, Harold Alan Pincus, Phuong Trang Huynh, Peggy Brown, Alan Rosen, Janet Durbin, David Goldbloom, Elizabeth Lin, Patricia Wiebe, Hugh Griffiths, Wolfgang Gaebel, Jürgen Zielasek, Birgit Janssen, Katja Sommerlad, Catherine Brogan, Martin Rogan, Ian Daly, Hiroto Ito, Paul Spronken, Jan TrompGeorge Witte, Jos De Beer, David Chaplow, Peter McGeorge, Fran Silvestri, Torleif Ruud, Denise Coia, Joseph J. Cheng, Neal Adams, Anita Everett, Joe Parks, Peter Stuart, Ken Thompson, Christopher Carroll

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This review article presents a systematic review of grey literature describing current initiatives that assess the quality of mental health care in 12 countries, as collected by the International Initiative for Mental Health Leadership.There have been increased efforts in many countries to develop and implement mental health indicator schemes to measure and monitor the quality of mental health care at the national and subnational level. Most mental health indicator sets are part of larger health policy initiatives at the national and (or) provincial or state level, with indicators and domains regularly reviewed and revised. The indicator sets described in health care quality initiatives vary widely in their scope, intended use, and degree of development, and they often cut across a broad range of domains, reflecting not only a country's specific health system and how it is organized and structured but also the implementation of such schemes (that is, collection and analysis of data) and the sociopolitical realities that determine mental health priorities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)539-548
Number of pages10
JournalCanadian Journal of Psychiatry
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • Indicators
  • Measures
  • Mental health
  • Quality

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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