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Consensus Development Conference on Improving Mental Health Transitions, Institute of Health Economics

November 4-6, 2014
Edmonton, Alberta
The Institute of Health Economics, in collaboration with the Government of Alberta and with support from Alberta Health Services (AHS) will host the Consensus Development Conference on Improving Mental Health Transitions in Edmonton, Alberta, from November 4 - 6, 2014.
The 3-day conference will be of interest to anyone with an interest in severe and persistent mental illness (SPMI), including social workers, nurses, clinicians, policy-makers, managers, researchers, and students.
This Consensus Development Conference (CDC) model is an unique and compelling "jury trial" format, that will examine the following questions:

  • What is severe and persistent mental illness (SPMI) and it’s social and economic consequences?
  • What is the effectiveness of current interventions to improve mental health transitions?
  • What is the evidence for the role of other support systems, including primary care in effective interventions?
  • What are the effective systems for supporting people with SPMI?
  • What information tools are required for high quality system management?
  • What further research is needed?

On the final day of the conference, an expert "Jury" chaired by Dr. Alain Lesage, professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Montréal, will release a "Consensus Statement" summarizing the evidence and making recommendations for policy and practice in Canada and other countries.  
IHE's Consensus Development Conferences are adapted from the model created by the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) to increase the dissemination and impact of findings from research. Our conferences build on the success of the NIH model in the Canadian context, with a flexible organizational structure and a focus on broad policy issues, as well as clinical and scientific questions.
For more information on the upcoming CDC in November, please visit
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