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Prevalence, 1-year incidence and symptom severity of mental disorders in the elderly: Relationship to impairment, functioning (ICF) and service utilisation

Objective

Reliable data on the prevalence and incidence of the spectrum of mental disorders in older people are currently lacking for the EU. Despite the availability of some national and a few cross-national cross-sectional studies with quite variable results, the size and burden of mental disorders in the elderly remains unclear. This has been attributed to a number of methodological factors (e.g. lack of appropriate diagnostic instruments). In addition patterns of incidence and of the natural course and prognosis of mental and physical disorders in people above 65 years are lacking nationally and cross-nationally in the EU, with only a few notable exceptions. Furthermore, there are no cross-national studies investigating the interaction of mental disorders and the utilisation of treatment under specific consideration of the severity and the impairment of activities and participation, in terms of ICF-categories, of older people in different European countries. Therefore, the objective of the proposed study is to (1) develop, respectively to adapt existing instruments and (2) to collect data on the prevalence, the incidence and on the natural course and prognosis of mental disorders, and to do this in sufficiently powered representative samples of older people living in the community across different European countries. This includes assessing health service needs, investigating to what extent existing services are used by older people and which specific barriers to utilisation may exist. Thereby, the implementation of the study will enable the further development and improvement of harmonised instruments for the assessment of impairments of activities and participation in older adults, to adapt already existing instruments, and to facilitate results that are comparable across cultures. Results will help to change health care in direct contact with people, and beyond this, they offer starting points for structural changes initiated on the level of health politics.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/sociology/governance/public services

Call for proposal

FP7-HEALTH-2007-B
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Funding Scheme

CP-FP - Small or medium-scale focused research project

Coordinator

UNIVERSITAETSKLINIKUM HAMBURG-EPPENDORF
Address
Martinistrasse 52
20251 Hamburg
Germany
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 792 494
Administrative Contact
Sylke Andreas (Prof.)

Participants (6)

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI FERRARA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 381 169
Address
Via Ariosto 35
44121 Ferrara
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Enrico Granieri (Prof.)
ROYAL COLLEGE OF PSYCHIATRISTS
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 457 254
Address
Belgrave Square 17
SW1X 8PG London
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Vanessa Cameron (Ms.)
UNIVERSIDAD COMPLUTENSE DE MADRID
Spain
EU contribution
€ 353 988
Address
Avenida De Seneca 2
28040 Madrid
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Javier Torres (Mr.)
LES HOPITAUX UNIVERSITAIRES DE GENEVE
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 438 415
Address
Rue Gabrielle Perret Gentil 4
1205 Geneve 14
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Alessandra Canuto (Dr.)
HADASSAH MEDICAL ORGANIZATION
Israel
EU contribution
€ 414 250
Address
N/a
91120 Jerusalem
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Arik Tzukert (Dr.)
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET DRESDEN
Germany
EU contribution
€ 160 114
Address
Helmholtzstrasse 10
01069 Dresden
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Sven Kreigenfeld (Mr.)