Evaluations of Public mental health (PMH) initiatives have been criticised as being fragmented and of poor quality, with a wide range of outcome measures used. This means that comparing between studies and larger scale ‘natural experiments’ are difficult. The aim of this work package is to develop, validate and agree a suite of core outcome sets appropriate for use in evaluative public mental health research.
This project will include five stages, including a scoping review of PMH outcome measures used in previous studies, evidence synthesis, stakeholder consultation, exploring routine data sources, and dissemination.
The project will be informed by the COMET initiative, which has sought to guide and coordinate the development of core outcome sets across the widest possible range of health conditions and health care settings.
We are developing an evidence-based core outcome set for PMH, using the COMET initiative (protocol).