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Type: Journal article
Title: Mental Health Gap Action Programme intervention Guide (mhGAP-IG) for Child and Adolescent Mental Health in Low- and Middle-Income Countries (LMIC): A Systematic Review
Author: Petagna, M.
Marley, C.
Guerra, C.
Calia, C.
Reid, C.
Citation: Community Mental Health Journal, 2023; 59(1):192-204
Publisher: Springer
Issue Date: 2023
ISSN: 0010-3853
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Marta Petagna, Charles Marley, Cristóbal Guerra, Clara Calia, Corinne Reid
Abstract: Background: The Mental Health Gap Action Programme (mhGAP) supports engagement of non-specialists in mental health services in Low- and Middle-Income countries. Given this aim, assessment of the effectiveness of approaches under its remit is warranted. Aims: We evaluated mhGAP approaches relating to child and adolescent mental health, focusing on provider / child outcomes, and barriers / facilitators of implementation. Methods: Thirteen databases were searched for reviews and primary research on mhGAP roll out for child and adolescent mental health. Results: Twelve studies were reviewed. Provider-level outcomes were restricted to knowledge gains, with limited evidence of other effects. Child-level outcomes included improved access to care, enhanced functioning and socio-emotional well-being. Organisational factors, clients and providers? attitudes and expectations, and transcultural considerations were barriers. Conclusions: Further attention to the practical and methodological aspects of implementation of evaluation may improve the quality of evidence of the effectiveness of approaches under its remit.
Keywords: Global Mental Health; mhGAP; mhGAP-IG; Child and Adolescent Mental Health; LMIC
Description: Published online: 17 May 2022
Rights: © The Author(s) 2022. Open Access This article is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License, which permits use, sharing, adaptation, distribution and reproduction in any medium or format, as long as you give appropriate credit to the original author(s) and the source, provide a link to the Creative Commons licence, and indicate if changes were made. The images or other third party material in this article are included in the article’s Creative Commons licence, unless indicated otherwise in a credit line to the material. If material is not included in the article’s Creative Commons licence and your intended use is not permitted by statutory regulation or exceeds the permitted use, you will need to obtain permission directly from the copyright holder. To view a copy of this licence, visit http://creativecommons. org/licenses/by/4.0/.
DOI: 10.1007/s10597-022-00981-3
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