Lab

Chantal Van Audenhove's Lab

Featured projects (1)

Project
EAAD-Best, which aims to adapt and implement EAAD’s Best Practice Model to improve depression care and prevent suicidal behavior in Europe, is a consortium of 10 European partners, led by the European Alliance Against Depression (EAAD), funded within the 3rd EU Health Programme (HP-PJ-2020). This project has two overarching goals: • improving care for patients with depression; and • preventing suicidal behaviour. These goals will be achieved by: • transferring the community-based 4-level intervention concept of EAAD to new regions and countries in Europe and • promoting the international uptake of the iFightDepression®-tool, an internet-based self-management tool for patients with depression.

Featured research (1)

The lives of persons living with mental illness are affected by psychological, biological, social, economic, and environmental factors over the life course. It is therefore unlikely that simple preventive strategies, clinical treatments, therapeutic interventions, or policy options will succeed as singular solutions for the challenges of mental illness. Persons living with mental illness receive services and supports in multiple settings across the health care continuum that are often fragmented, uncoordinated, and inadequately responsive. Appropriate assessment is an important tool that health systems must deploy to respond to the strengths, preferences, and needs of persons with mental illness. However, standard approaches are often focused on measurement of psychiatric symptoms without taking a broader perspective to address issues like growth, development, and aging; physical health and disability; social relationships; economic resources; housing; substance use; involvement with criminal justice; stigma; and recovery. Using conglomerations of instruments to cover more domains is impractical, inconsistent, and incomplete while posing considerable assessment burden. interRAI mental health instruments were developed by a network of over 100 researchers, clinicians, and policy experts from over 35 nations. This includes assessment systems for adults in inpatient psychiatry, community mental health, emergency departments, mobile crisis teams, and long-term care settings, as well as a screening system for police officers. A similar set of instruments is available for child/youth mental health. The instruments form an integrated mental health information system because they share a common assessment language, conceptual basis, clinical emphasis, data collection approach, data elements, and care planning protocols. The key applications of these instruments include care planning, outcome measurement, quality improvement, and resource allocation. The composition of these instruments and psychometric properties are reviewed, and examples related to homeless are used to illustrate the various applications of these assessment systems.

Lab head

Chantal Van Audenhove
Department
  • Centre for Care Research and Consultancy (LUCAS)

Members (16)

Anja Declercq
  • KU Leuven
Chiara Bonetto
  • University of Verona
Johanna Mello
  • KU Leuven
Nele Spruytte
  • KU Leuven
Inge Neyens
  • KU Leuven
Bram Vermeulen
Bram Vermeulen
  • Not confirmed yet