A preliminary taxonomy and a standard knowledge base for mental-health system indicators in Spain

Luis Salvador-Carulla, José A. Salinas-Pérez, Manuel Martín, Mont serrat Grané, Karina Gibert, Miquel Roca, Antonio Bulbena

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Background: There are many sources of information for mental health indicators but we lack a comprehensive classification and hierarchy to improve their use in mental health planning. This study aims at developing a preliminary taxonomy and its related knowledge base of mental health indicators usable in Spain.Methods: A qualitative method with two experts panels was used to develop a framing document, a preliminary taxonomy with a conceptual map of health indicators, and a knowledge base consisting of key documents, glossary and database of indicators with an evaluation of their relevance for Spain.Results: A total of 661 indicators were identified and organised hierarchically in 4 domains (Context, Resources, Use and Results), 12 subdomains and 56 types. Among these the expert panels identified 200 indicators of relevance for the Spanish system.Conclusions: The classification and hierarchical ordering of the mental health indicators, the evaluation according to their level of relevance and their incorporation into a knowledge base are crucial for the development of a basic list of indicators for use in mental health planning.

Original languageEnglish
Article number29
Pages (from-to)1-10
Number of pages10
JournalInternational Journal of Mental Health Systems
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2010
Externally publishedYes


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