Examining the economic approaches in mental health promotion targeted towards black asian and minority ethnic communities in the uk: a critical discourse analysis
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University of Wolverhampton None "25 preston house, Tantarra street, Walsall West Midlands, WS1 2HT" United Kingdom
Publication date: 2023-04-26
Popul. Med. 2023;5(Supplement):A1283
It is well documented that people from Black Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities are more at risk of developing mental health disorders, mainly because they are more exposed to unfavourable social, economic, and environmental circumstances. However, the majority of BAME mental health intervention studies focus on the effectiveness of treatment and rarely use economic methods to evaluate their effectiveness; as a result, little is invested in the economic assessment of psychosocial interventions. The need to focus on value for money has become increasingly important as the UK government’s austerity program has resulted in reduced funds for public health services. This research study explores the mental health initiatives targeted at BAME communities in the West Midlands region of the UK. Mental health services were invited to take part in the study - their evaluations as well as interviews with key members of staff were examined, and these were discussed alongside the political drivers that frame, shape, and direct their work. Using critical discourse analysis as an approach and method, the study analysed the techniques used when examining the cost-effectiveness of mental health initiatives for BAME mental health communities. In doing so, the study highlights how mental health policies initiatives are directing this work and the value and need for accessible economic models of evaluation. This study enhances our understanding of how adequate and cost-effective mental health services can be provided for BAME communities but also has wider application in a range of public health practice areas where the outcomes of interventions are difficult to quantify. Lead author/investigator Phillipa Peart, PhD candidate, (Faculty of Health and Wellbeing) (FHEW) University of Wolverhampton Supervisors Dr Ranjit Khutan, Head of Department (Public Health), University of Wolverhampton Dr Ian Jackson, Senior Lecturer – Economics, University of Wolverhampton
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