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Portuguese Journal of Public Health

Print version ISSN 2504-3137On-line version ISSN 2504-3145


MATEUS, Pedro; ALMEIDA, José M. Caldas de; CARVALHO, Álvaro de  and  XAVIER, Miguel. Implementing Case Management in Portuguese Mental Health Services: Conceptual Background. Port J Public Health [online]. 2017, vol.35, n.1, pp.19-29. ISSN 2504-3137.

Case management implementation processes are one of the best examples on how an evidence-based practice can influence health services organisation. This practice helped shaping mental health teams, increasing their multidisciplinarity and interdisciplinary work in the last decades. Examples from several countries show how effectiveness research blends into health policy development to meet different needs in each health system, thus influencing case management inception and improvement of care. Portugal followed its own path in case management implementation, determined mostly by mental health services organisation and closely linked with the capacity to implement a national mental health policy in the last years.

Keywords : Case management; Illness management; Mental health Services; organisation; Implementation.

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