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Example of question(s) that we try to answer
What is the problem? Mental ill patients failing to access adequate care
What is causing the problem? Lack of provision of mental health care at PHC level
What is the review question? Strategies to strengthen provision of mental health care at Primary Health Care level
Type of evidence synthesis Evidence Map
What strategies have other countries tried?
  • Specialised community-based services
  • Integration of care/collaborative interventions
  • Task-shifting/sharing approaches
  • Strategies that empower families, carers and patients
Where was the evidence and the gaps? Evidence is mostly in high income countries in North America, Europe & Central Asia, South East Asia & Pacific
Which strategies might be effective in South Africa?
  • Integration of care/collaborative interventions
  • Task-shifting/sharing approaches
  • Strategies that empower families, carers and patients
What implementation challenges have other countries experienced?
  • Shortage of mental health specialists
  • Lack of funding towards mental health activities
  • Lack of public-private partnerships to enhance availability of mental health prevention services
What are the next steps? In-depth review of each strategy through umbrella reviews