Global Social Welfare

, Volume 6, Issue 3, pp 155–158 | Cite as

Advancing Research Practice Partnerships to Achieve Population-Level Mental Health Outcomes

  • Prajakta AdsulEmail author
  • David A Chambers


Maximizing the value of research on integrating mental health care within clinical and community settings globally requires attention to complexity, an integrated systems approach at multiple levels, and access to practice-based evidence that reflects care provided in a dynamic context. Although there has been increased emphasis on studying partnerships and understanding their role in improving the rigor and relevance of evidence in some research areas, cross-cutting work in this area remains limited. This article reflects on research-practice partnerships in three areas: dissemination and implementation research, community-based research, and health equity research. While progress has been made within these areas, each of these can contribute to the who, how, and what about mental health research to improve integration of mental health services within primary care and achieve population health outcomes.


Implementation science Health equity Community based participatory research Global health 


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The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest. The ideas presented are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official position of the National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Implementation Science team, Office of the Director, Division of Cancer Control and Population SciencesNational Cancer InstituteRockvilleUSA

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