Evaluations of Public mental health (PMH) initiatives have been criticised as often fragmented and poor quality, with a wide range of outcome measures used. This means that comparing between studies and larger scale ‘natural experiments’ are difficult. We have therefore identified a need for a common agreed core outcome set for PMH.
The overarching aim of the proposed project is to develop, validate and agree a suite of core outcome sets appropriate for use in evaluative public mental health research.
The proposed work will be informed by the COMET initiative (http://www.comet-initiative.org), 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 propose to undertake five work streams (WS):
WS1: Protocol development & scoping review
WS2: Evidence synthesis
WS3: Stakeholder consultation
WS4: Mapping routine data sources