Cochrane for global mental health
Adams, Clive E.
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The article discusses about the global mental health. The production of accessible and usable evidence is the main purpose of Cochrane. For 25 years, Cochrane has produced systematic reviews of primary research in human health care and health policy, and these reviews are internationally recognized as the highest standard in evidence based health-care resources. Goal 2 of Cochrane Strategy 2020 is to increase "access and use of Cochrane evidence by everybody, everywhere in the world". In the area of mental health, access and use of evidence remains a challenging issue, especially in low income and middle-income countries (LMICs). To contribute to filling this gap, a new Cochrane entity, Cochrane Global Mental Health (GMH), has been developed as a satellite to the five Cochrane groups that cover the specialty of mental health. The authors recognize that Cochrane GMH does not have the resources to achieve all that needs to be done. People will need to become involved as authors in reviews, review advisory group members, peer-reviewers, editors, and users. We are keen to have a strong contribution from LMICs in the work of Cochrane GMH, with the option of increasing involvement as capacity allows. We aim to develop a mutual learning approach and exchange attitude between mental-health workers in different parts of the world. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2017 APA, all rights reserved)