Public Health Aspects of Diagnosis and Classification of Mental
and Behavioral Disorders: Refining the Research Agenda for DSM-5
and ICD-11 provides a comprehensive summary of the current state of
mental health classification in the United States and
internationally, fostering a better understanding of primary
research and clinical needs and facilitating the efforts of service
planners, researchers and trainees to address current use of
psychiatric diagnosis in the public health sector. The volume
reflects the proceedings of a research planning conference convened
by the APA and World Health Organization (WHO) that focused on
public health aspects of the diagnosis and classification of mental
Highly relevant to the ongoing development of DSM-5 and ICD-11,
the book includes the background papers prepared and presented by
the Conference Expert Groups. The resulting collection: - Discusses
the current state of mental illness prevention efforts and the role
of public health in supporting them -- critical topics, given that
development of effective strategies to reduce mental illness around
the world depends on the accuracy with which risk and protective
factors can be identified, defined, and understood.- Features
international perspectives on public health implications of
psychiatric diagnosis, classification, and service, providing
viewpoints that are broad and more globally relevant. - Views
mental health education, and awareness on a macro level, including
its impact on social and economic policy, forensics and the legal
system, and education. This approach facilitates the continued
development of a research base in community health and promotes the
establishment of programs for monitoring, treating, and preventing
mental illness.- Addresses many fascinating and clinically relevant
issues, such as those raised by the concept and the definition of
mental disorders and how these impact psychiatric services and
practice by individual providers.
This collection should prove useful to the advisory groups, task
forces, and working groups for the revision of these two
classifications, as well as for researchers in the area of
diagnosis and classification, and more generally in public
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