The REFINEMENT Glossary of Terms: An International Terminology for Mental Health Systems Assessment
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Original versionAdministration and Policy in Mental Health. 2017, . 10.1007/s10488-017-0826-x
Comparing mental health systems across countries is difficult because of the lack of an agreed upon terminology covering services and related financing issues. Within the European Union project REFINEMENT, international mental health care experts applied an innovative mixed “top-down” and “bottom-up” approach following a multistep design thinking strategy to compile a glossary on mental health systems, using local services as pilots. The final REFINEMENT glossary consisted of 432 terms related to service provision, service utilisation, quality of care and financing. The aim of this study was to describe the iterative process and methodology of developing this glossary.