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Epidemiological research in mental disorders: lessons for the next decade of research--the NAPE Lecture 1999. Nordic Association for Psychiatric Epidemiology.
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PMID:  10674945     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: To provide an overview of the progress in the field of epidemiology of mental disorders during the last decade, and to discuss challenges for the future. METHOD: Following a review of the achievements of psychiatric epidemiology, current shortcomings in the research and publications in the field are discussed. Suggestions for changes in research and solutions to current deficits are proposed. RESULTS: Future research needs to cover a broader spectrum of psychopathology, including inquiries into sub-threshold characterizations; explore etiopathogenic processes and pathways including genetic, neuroscientific and psychological factors for the onset and persistence of psychopathology; and provide a better assessment of help-seeking behaviors and service utilization. CONCLUSION: Future epidemiological research should strengthen the emerging collaborative links with the neurosciences, clinical research and public health by acknowledging the full range of available epidemiological designs and methods, beyond the current emphasis on large-scale, cross-sectional general population studies.
H U Wittchen
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Lectures    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Acta psychiatrica Scandinavica     Volume:  101     ISSN:  0001-690X     ISO Abbreviation:  Acta Psychiatr Scand     Publication Date:  2000 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2000-02-18     Completed Date:  2000-02-18     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0370364     Medline TA:  Acta Psychiatr Scand     Country:  DENMARK    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  2-10     Citation Subset:  IM    
Max Planck Institute of Psychiatry, München, Germany.
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MeSH Terms
Epidemiologic Factors
Epidemiology / trends*
Mental Disorders / classification,  diagnosis,  epidemiology*
Primary Prevention
Psychiatry / trends
Public Health
Research Design
Erratum In:
Acta Psychiatr Scand 2000 Apr;101(4):339

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