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Editorial Elizabeth Parker Editor he Government’s concern in sponsoring to his argument is the development of a service research is to improve the quality of care and the effectiveness user-centred approach in which service users are the of treatment’ (Department of Health and Social arbiters of quality. The importance of understanding Security, 1975). users’ perspectives and experiences is also emphasised Just so, although in order for research findings to by Marion Barnes, Ann Davis and Jerry Tew in an influence mental health services directly there are two article describing the experiences of people who had major hurdles to be overcome. First, it is necessary for been detained under the Mental Health Act 1983. research to be accepted by policy makers and the This research stemmed from concern about the nature timescale for this can be very long-term (Cooke, 2000). of the evidence influencing proposals for a new mental Second, governments have always found it difficult health act and concludes that it tends to be the process to translate national policy into local practice. Now, of detention, rather than detention itself, which is 25 years after the above quotation was written the experienced as damaging. present Government is making an explicit effort to As is fitting for such an extensive subject we have ensure that mental health practice is evidence-based. two articles looking at the evidence-base for mental But exactly what does evidenced-based mean? What is health promotion. Lynne Friedli writes from England deemed to be ‘evidence’. Who makes the judgements and the context of the National Service Framework and by what criteria? Is proceeding on these lines and Elizabeth Burtney and Michael Ross write from the best means of developing mental health services? Scotland following the publication of the White Paper, These questions are explored throughout this Towards a Healthier Scotland. Both the papers, from two issue of the Mental Health Review. A comprehensive different perspectives, convincingly demonstrate that overview of the principles of evidence-based practice, (proactive) mental health promotion has to be twinned including a definition, is offered by Shirley Reynolds in with (reactive) mental health services if we are to the Framework Feature which demonstrates realise our goal of mentally healthy individuals in a the profound changes in organisational and clinical mentally healthy society. practice that the implementation of evidence-based Finally, please note that there has been a change interventions will require. She expresses reservations of theme in respect of the next issue of the Review concerning the limitations of the randomised controlled due out in December. In order to keep you up to date trial in the mental health area which are also shared by with the topics of the moment, this will now focus on Edward Peck who, in his Personal Perspective, critically mental health and primary care. examines some of the sources from which evidence is References derived and the processes by which certain phenomena come to be accepted as evidence. Cooke, A. (2000) Dilemmas of social science. The issue of obtaining relevant and accessible The Psychologist 13, 7. information by which to measure the effectiveness Department of Health and Social Security (1975) of services is tackled by Pat Donlan who proposes Better Services for the Mentally Ill. Cm. 6233. a method for constructing an evidence-base. Central London: HMSO. 2 The Mental Health Review Volume 5 Issue 3 September 2000 © Pavilion Publishing (Brighton) 2000 http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Mental Health Review Journal Emerald Publishing

Editorial

Mental Health Review Journal , Volume 5 (3): 1 – Sep 1, 2000

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Emerald Publishing
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1361-9322
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10.1108/13619322200000021
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Elizabeth Parker Editor he Government’s concern in sponsoring to his argument is the development of a service research is to improve the quality of care and the effectiveness user-centred approach in which service users are the of treatment’ (Department of Health and Social arbiters of quality. The importance of understanding Security, 1975). users’ perspectives and experiences is also emphasised Just so, although in order for research findings to by Marion Barnes, Ann Davis and Jerry Tew in an influence mental health services directly there are two article describing the experiences of people who had major hurdles to be overcome. First, it is necessary for been detained under the Mental Health Act 1983. research to be accepted by policy makers and the This research stemmed from concern about the nature timescale for this can be very long-term (Cooke, 2000). of the evidence influencing proposals for a new mental Second, governments have always found it difficult health act and concludes that it tends to be the process to translate national policy into local practice. Now, of detention, rather than detention itself, which is 25 years after the above quotation was written the experienced as damaging. present Government is making an explicit effort to As is fitting for such an extensive subject we have ensure that mental health practice is evidence-based. two articles looking at the evidence-base for mental But exactly what does evidenced-based mean? What is health promotion. Lynne Friedli writes from England deemed to be ‘evidence’. Who makes the judgements and the context of the National Service Framework and by what criteria? Is proceeding on these lines and Elizabeth Burtney and Michael Ross write from the best means of developing mental health services? Scotland following the publication of the White Paper, These questions are explored throughout this Towards a Healthier Scotland. Both the papers, from two issue of the Mental Health Review. A comprehensive different perspectives, convincingly demonstrate that overview of the principles of evidence-based practice, (proactive) mental health promotion has to be twinned including a definition, is offered by Shirley Reynolds in with (reactive) mental health services if we are to the Framework Feature which demonstrates realise our goal of mentally healthy individuals in a the profound changes in organisational and clinical mentally healthy society. practice that the implementation of evidence-based Finally, please note that there has been a change interventions will require. She expresses reservations of theme in respect of the next issue of the Review concerning the limitations of the randomised controlled due out in December. In order to keep you up to date trial in the mental health area which are also shared by with the topics of the moment, this will now focus on Edward Peck who, in his Personal Perspective, critically mental health and primary care. examines some of the sources from which evidence is References derived and the processes by which certain phenomena come to be accepted as evidence. Cooke, A. (2000) Dilemmas of social science. The issue of obtaining relevant and accessible The Psychologist 13, 7. information by which to measure the effectiveness Department of Health and Social Security (1975) of services is tackled by Pat Donlan who proposes Better Services for the Mentally Ill. Cm. 6233. a method for constructing an evidence-base. Central London: HMSO. 2 The Mental Health Review Volume 5 Issue 3 September 2000 © Pavilion Publishing (Brighton) 2000

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Published: Sep 1, 2000

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