Translation of evidence begins with the recognition and identification of a problem.
Global Burden of Disease Research identifies the issue of mental illness as one of the most significant problems in practice. The impact of mental health disorders on nursing, nurses and healthcare providers, as well as the quality of global care is significant. Patients with mental disorders often contact nurses first. Nurses must provide holistic, patient-centered care. Nurses may lack the training and resources necessary to give quality care to patients with mental disorders. Patients suffer poor treatment, which can lead to ineffective care and adverse outcomes.
Mental health issues can have a significant impact on healthcare providers. Mental health care can be expensive, so healthcare providers must invest significant funds to ensure quality. Also, it is important that healthcare providers train their personnel in diagnosing, assessing, and managing mental health disorders.
People, their families, communities and the entire society are affected by the burden of mental illness. This problem must be addressed at the national level by key stakeholders, including healthcare providers and mental health professionals as well as advocacy groups and those with personal experience of mental illness.
CPGs are clinical practice guidelines that can be used for mental disorders. CPGs can be used to treat mental health conditions such as anxiety, depression and post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) according to the American Psychiatric Association. CPGs are evidence-based guidelines for diagnosing, managing, and assessing mental disorders. There are however significant shortcomings in the application of CPGs and it is necessary to make national interventions.
Integration of mental healthcare services in primary care is one intervention that can be done on a nationwide scale to reduce the mental disorder burden. This could allow early diagnosis and treatment, increase access and decrease stigma surrounding mental health care. The training would be provided for healthcare professionals in managing and diagnosing mental health conditions, which will improve patient care. To ensure a successful implementation, this intervention will require cooperation between policymakers and healthcare professionals.