Improving Mental Health Transitions
About the Improving Mental Health Transitions Consensus Development Conference
4 – 6 November 2014
The Institute of Health Economics, in collaboration with the Government of Alberta and with support from Alberta Health Services (AHS), hosted the Consensus Development Conference on Improving Mental Health Transitions in Edmonton, Alberta, from November 4 – 6, 2014.
The Consensus Development Conference (CDC) model , unique and compelling "jury trial" format, was used to examine the following questions:
- What is severe and persistent mental illness (SPMI) and its social and economic consequences?
- What is the effectiveness of current interventions for adults with SPMI?
- What is the evidence for the role of other support systems, including primary care in effective interventions?
- What are the effective systems for supporting people with SPMI?
- What information tools are required for high quality system management?
- What further research is needed?
On the final day of the conference, an expert "Jury" chaired by Dr. Alain Lesage, professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Montréal, released a Consensus Statement which summarized the evidence and made recommendations for policy and practice in Canada and other countries.