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Project titleDeveloping evidence based and acceptable stepped care systems in mental health care: an operational research project
SDO research themeMental health
Chief investigatorProfessor David Richards, University of Exeter
Co-investigatorsProfessor Simon Gilbody, Professor Peter Bower, Professor Karina Lovell, Professor Stephen Gallivan, Professor Martin Utley, Dr John Cape, Ms Judith Leibowitz, Ms Lilian Owens, Dr Roger Paxton, Professor Stephen Pilling, Dr David Tomson
ContractorUniversity of Exeter
StatusResearch completed
Start dateMarch 2006
Publication dateAugust 2010
Plain English summary
There is a shortage of psychological therapy in the NHS. Many patients would prefer these treatments but cannot access them. This research will help the NHS plan patient care so that psychological therapy can be ... Expand Text
Scientific summary
Background:Improving access to psychological therapies for people with common mental health problems will make a significant impact on distress and disability. Currently, patients with mental health problems such as anxiety and depression experience limited treatment ... Expand Text
1: Pagel C, Richards DA, Utley M. A mathematical modelling approach for systems where the servers are almost always busy. Computational and Mathematical Methods in Medicine 2012;doi:10.1155/2012/290360
2: Pagel C, Richards D, Utley M. ... Expand Text
Cost£ 347,172
Commissioning briefDownload (PDF 41Kb)
Executive summaryDownload (PDF 99Kb)
Final reportDownload (PDF 8,420Kb)
Keywordsmental health, psychological therapy, stepped care, depression, psychological intervention, psychological therapy service, patient experience, systematic review
AddendumThis project was commissioned by the NIHR Service Delivery and Organisation (NIHR SDO) programme under the management of the National Coordinating Centre for the Service Delivery and Organisation (NCCSDO) which was based at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM). The project was managed by NCCSDO until 31 March 2009. Management of the NIHR Service Delivery and Organisation (SDO) programme and its portfolio of projects transferred to the National Institute for Health Research Evaluations, Trials and Studies Coordinating Centre (NETSCC) based at the University of Southampton from 1 April 2009. The final report resulting from this project was reviewed and published by NETSCC.


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