Mental Health and Addictions
The Mental Health and Addictions (MH&A) research initiative at ICES is committed to building a program of research excellence in mental health and addictions services and population health to contribute to new knowledge generation and to produce policy relevant findings.
The objectives of the MH&A initiative, consistent with the goals of ICES, are to:
carry out population-based MH&A services research that is relevant to clinical practice and health policy development;
document province-wide patterns and trends in MH&A care delivery;
develop and share evidence to inform decision-making by policy makers, managers, clinicians, planners and consumers;
promote linkages among MH&A services researchers and decision-makers; and,
train researchers and promote a wider understanding of MH&A clinical epidemiology and health services research.
Our main foci of interest include: addictions, vulnerable populations, primary care and access to and delivery of services, and comorbidity, both within MH&A and between MH&A and medical illnesses. In each of these areas, we take a lifespan or developmental approach, recognizing the importance of transitions (e.g., adolescence to adulthood), continuities and change in the experience of mental health and addiction problems (etiology, chronic course of illness), and the influence of developmental period on the interface between individuals with these problems and care provision (micro-, meso- and macro levels).
For further information, please contact Paul Kurdyak or John Cairney.
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