Analysis of the mental health service provision in Qatar: progressing in community mental health in a Middle East country

Jose A. Salinas-Perez, Suhaila Ghuloum, Mencia R. Gutierrez-Colosia, Nasser Bagheri, Luis Salvador-Carulla

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    Background: Qatari health planning in the last decade aimed to make the transition from the traditional hospital-based psychiatric care to a community-based care, building an integrated and comprehensive mental health system. The objective of this study was to explore the mental health service provision in Qatar in 2018 and 2022. This time span coincided with two mental health plans (2013–2018 and 2019–2022) and one health plan (2018–2022). Methods: This study followed a healthcare ecosystem approach, including context analysis and the standard description and classification of mental health services. Service provision was studied applying DESDE-LTC system (Description and Evaluation of Services and DirectoriEs–Long Term Care), an internationally validated methodology to assess and describe mental health services. Service data were analyzed along with sociodemographic indicators from public statistics to know the care context. Results: The availability of specialized mental health services increased for adults, although it remained the same for other age groups. The diversity of care and the weight of health-related care over social-related care also remained quite similar. It was noteworthy the development of new services for young adults, migrant workers, and female populations. Conclusion: This was the first time that this service research methodology has been applied in a Middle East country to study its mental healthcare pattern. The analysis of the mental healthcare pattern in the study time period showed the continued progress toward community-based care in Qatar in the framework of three health plans and despite the unexpected COVID-19 world pandemic.

    Original languageEnglish
    Article number1095788
    Pages (from-to)1-8
    Number of pages8
    JournalFrontiers in Psychiatry
    Publication statusPublished - 16 Dec 2022


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