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Developing evidence based and acceptable stepped care systems in mental health: an operational research study

Patients experiencing common mental health problems such as anxiety and depression often have difficulty accessing psychological therapies. NICE Guidelines suggested that this situation might be overcome by re-organising existing mental health/psychological services adopting a new approach to delivering treatment interventions known as Stepped Care. These systems are often difficult to implement requiring significant reconfiguration of existing services. Furthermore, current knowledge isn't sufficient to allow services to accurately gauge the flow of patients through newly developed Stepped Care systems or the acceptability of this approach to patients. Following an organisational research methodology this study aims to:

  • Design effective and efficient stepped care systems for psychological therapies in a variety of settings.
  • Develop a computer model to forcast patient waiting times, throughputs and capacity needs within stepped care systems
  • Identify barriers to the implementation of stepped care as well as study the acceptability of this approach to patients.


Funder(s): NCCSDO
Start Date: 06-Mar-2006
Expiry Date: 05-Mar-2009


Internal staff

External collaborators

  • David Richards

Mental Health and Addiction Research in the Department of Health Sciences