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The Royal College of Psychiatrists Improving the lives of people with mental illness

Measuring Mental Health Needs (Second edition)

Edited by Graham Thornicroft

Price: £35.00

Members' discount available

Published: Nov 2001

Format: paperback

Number of pages: 544

ISBN: 9781901242607

Measuring Mental Health Needs (Second edition)

What are needs for mental health services, and how can they be measured? This book describes clearly the different approaches that can be taken to these vital questions.
This completely revised version of the successful first edition provides professional, managerial and research staff in health and social care with all they need to understand and to put into practice the assessment of need in mental health.
  • Up-to-the-minute reviews
  • Whole range of specialities are covered within the book
  • Conceptual and practical coverage of needs assessment

"The text is an authoritative guide to this complex but important area. Thornicroft has done a sterling job in compiling the contribution of some 50 authors. … It serves as a reference for general psychiatrists and other mental health professionals. For those interested in population mental health, service reform, and planning and special groups, it is a particularly valuable resource.”
Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry

“The precise title of this book does injustice to its contents. It covers much more than the mere measurement of needs and it will be a valuable reference manual for a wide variety of professionals in mental health… The editor has managed to capture the extensive and at times confusing knowledge base in this field and present it in a comprehensive yet concise manual.”
Psychological Medicine


Defining mental health needs  - John Wing, Chris R. Brewin and Graham Thornicroft
Health targets - Rachel Jenkins and Bruce Singh

Part II Measuring population needs

Population surveys of morbidity and need  -Rachel Jenkins and Howard Meltzer
Commissioners’ information requirements on mental health needs and commissioning for mental health services  - Andrew Stevens, James Raftery and Richard A. Mendelsohn
Measuring (relative) need for mental health care services - Roy Carr-Hill
Assessing demand for care at district level using a psychiatric case register - Mirella Ruggeri, Francesco Amaddeo and Michele Tansella
Assessing the need for psychiatric services at district level: using the results of community surveys - Paul Bebbington and Sian Rees

Part III Choosing among needs: priorities and costs

Setting priorities during the development of local psychiatric services - Elaine Murphy
The Care Programme Approach: prioritising according to need in policy and practice - Jonathan Bindman and Gyles Glover
Local catchment areas for needs-led mental health services - Geraldine Strathdee and Graham Thornicroft
Needs from a user perspective - Marion Beeforth and Helen Wood
Costing psychiatric interventions - Jennifer Beecham and Martin Knapp

Part IV Evaluating the ability of psychiatric services to meet needs

Assessing systems of care for the long-term mentally ill in urban settings - M. Susan Ridgely, Howard H. Goldman and Joseph P. Morrissey
Auditing the use of psychiatric beds - Bernard Audini and Richard Duffett

Part V Methods for assessing individual needs

The Cardinal Needs Schedule: a standardised research instrument for measuring individual needs - Austin Lockwood and Max Marshall
Measuring individual needs for care and services - Chris R. Brewin
The Camberwell Assessment of Need (CAN) - Mike Slade and Paul McCrone

Part VI Needs of special groups

Mental health services for homeless people - William R. Breakey, Ezra Susser and Philip Timms
Needs of carers - Elizabeth Kuipers
Mental health needs of children and young people - Robert Jezzard
Measurement of needs in people with learning disabilities and mental health problems - Kiriakos Xenitidis and Nick Bouras
Needs assessment in mental health care for older people - Tom Reynolds and Martin Orrell
Mental health needs in primary care - Andre Tylee
Mental health needs assessment for ethnic and cultural minorities - Kamaldeep Bhui
Needs assessment for rural mental health services - Alain Gregoire
Needs assessment and drug misuse services - John Marsden and John Strang
Needs assessment and eating disorders - Janet Treasure and Ulrike Schmidt
Needs assessment and alcohol - E. Jane Marshall


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