6 June, 2018

News > Picker collaborates with WHO in mental health research

Picker welcomes the publication of the ‘Mental health, human rights and standards of care’ report, published today (6 June 2018) by the World Health Organisation (WHO).

The report assesses the quality of care for adults with psychosocial and intellectual disabilities in the WHO European Region. A total of 75 long-term institutions in over 20 countries in the Region were assessed using the WHO QualityRights Toolkit.

The findings are a shocking read. Of all the quality ratings made, only a quarter indicated compliance with international standards. This means there is enormous room for improvement and, most importantly, the need for transformation of long-term services toward community-based care.

Key findings from the report are available: http://www.euro.who.int/en/health-topics/noncommunicable-diseases/mental-health/news/news/2018/6/new-report-reveals-need-for-more-humane,-personalized-approach-in-european-regions-long-term-institutions-for-adults-with-intellectual-and-psychosocial-disabilities

Picker was commissioned by the WHO in 2015 to analyse and report on the findings from the phases of the research project, which included a survey and site visits to institutions across the region by local teams.

Picker collated these findings, and developed themes for analysis that centred upon the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Our researchers conducted analysis on the survey to produce quality ratings assessments, analysed the free text collected during the visits, and worked with the WHO to develop this important research.

Chris Graham, Picker’s Chief Executive, commented:

“The report demonstrates that many mental health institutions across the European Region of WHO are failing to meet the most basic needs of their residents. There is a lack of awareness about mental health amongst many staff, and in some cases a failure to protect residents’ human rights.”

“The rights, preferences and needs of the individual should always be at the heart of care: this is a fundamental principle of person-centred care. This important research has provided evidence of how much room for improvement there is in the treatment of vulnerable people across the WHO European region, and we are proud to have supported the WHO in it’s creation.”

The full report can be viewed here http://www.euro.who.int/en/health-topics/noncommunicable-diseases/mental-health/publications/2018/mental-health,-human-rights-and-standards-of-care-2018

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