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Revista de la Asociación Española de Neuropsiquiatría

On-line version ISSN 2340-2733Print version ISSN 0211-5735


JIMENEZ ESTEVEZ, Juan Fco.. The Mental Health Observatory's role and AEN's assistance quality criteria in healthcare evaluation and planning: Professional resources in Mental Health Services and in Severe Mental Health Disorders attention units in Spain. Rev. Asoc. Esp. Neuropsiq. [online]. 2011, vol.31, n.4, pp.735-751. ISSN 2340-2733.

In the following paper some preliminary data is portrayed about the professional resources in adult mental health services (CSM) and the several services assisting severe mental health patients (TMG) collected by the AEN's Mental Health Observatory in 2010 in each autonomous region. Data displayed in the form of professional rates and positions in the assistance services allows being analised in connection with the estimation of quality criteria which, for these professionals and services, has been established by the same AEN. Presented data supports the statement that professional resources supply in mental health services for severe mental health patients is, generally, heterogeneous and insufficient in reaching minimum quality indicators. Both AEN's Mental Health Observatory, along with the AEN quality criteria assessment, are two mechanisms which in combination allow carrying out a follow up and evaluation of the assisting network in the National Health System.

Keywords : observatory; mental health; human resources; assisting network; quality indicator.

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