Kane, Jeremy

PubHealth

PhD

Uganda

Implementation of World Health Organization guidelines for the treatment of stress-related mental health problems in Uganda: A qualitative study

In 2013, the World Health Organization published new guidelines for the management of conditions related to stress, such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Ministries of Health around the world, including those in low and middle income countries such as Uganda, are in the early stages of determining the appropriateness of these guidelines in their local contexts. It is important to evaluate the implementation of these guidelines in low resource settings and to determine the barriers associated with their adoption. The proposed research is a qualitative study to assess the awareness, feasibility, and acceptability of the new guidelines in four districts that provide mental health services for survivors of trauma in Uganda. We will conduct in-depth interviews with local stakeholders including clinical staff and district health officials. The results of the project will be helpful in elucidating the challenges of implementing the new WHO guidelines in Uganda and potential solutions to these challenges. This is critical given the high rates of violence and war exposure among populations in Uganda and documented high prevalence of PTSD. The results will also be useful in developing frameworks and quantitative indicators for future studies investigating mental health guideline implementation and may be helpful to other low resource post-conflict settings in which these guidelines are being implemented.

People

Stefan Baral, MD MPH,MBA,MSc

Director, Key Populations Program

Caitlin Kennedy, PhD MPH,BA

Co-Director, MPH concentration in Social and Behavioral Sciences in Public Health; Associate Director, Center for Qualitative...

Joanne Katz, ScD MS,BSc

Associate Chair, Director of Academic Programs

Noreen Hynes, MD MPH

Director, Geographic Medicine Center of the Division of Infectious Diseases

Yukari C. Manabe, MD

Associate Director of Global Health Research and Innovation

Robert Bollinger Jr., MD MPH

Director, Johns Hopkins Center for Clinical Global Health Education (CCGHE); Associate Director, Johns Hopkins Center for Global...
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