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Managing research and evaluation for public mental health 

Managing research and evaluation for public mental health
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Managing research and evaluation for public mental health
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Sarah Stewart-Brown

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10.1093/med/9780198792994.003.0058
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date: 24 September 2021

Public mental health is a new and interdisciplinary subject and as such demands thorough research and evaluation. The disciplines involved use different approaches to research and would benefit from cooperative working. But, especially when researching unfamiliar territory like that of public mental health, each discipline prefers the reassurance of its tried and tested methods, making cooperation more challenging. And many existing research methods that have proved so valuable in public health and social science because they are good at identifying single causes for a single problem are inadequate in the face of the complex systems with multiple interacting causes and consequences, which determine public mental health. This chapter looks at some of the research methods used in public mental health and identifies the strengths and limitations of these methods for advancing knowledge in this field.

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