|ITHACA - Institutional Treatment, Human Rights and Care Assessment
Design/Imprint: Peter Rebernik
|Contact: Graham Thornicroft, ITHACA Principal Investigator
Related projects with EU-funding
Development of a European Measure of Best Practice for People with Long Term Mental Illness in Institutional Care
The DEMoBinc study (Development of a European Measure of Best Practice in institutions for people with longer term mental health problems) was a three year collaboration across ten countries (UK, Germany, Spain, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Italy, Poland, The Netherlands, Greece and Portugal). The study, funded by the European Commission, sought to develop a toolkit which could assess the quality of care in longer term mental health facilities based in hospital and the community. The final product was the Quality Indicator for Rehabilitative Care (QuIRC), a web based tool which assesses the living conditions and care that a unit provides and the degree to which it promotes residents' human rights and social inclusion.
European Network for Promoting the Health of Residents in Psychiatric and Social Care Institutions
People with mental disorders have a higher prevalence of physical illnesses and reduced life expectancy as compared with the general population.
HELPS is an interdisciplinary European network that aims at (i) gathering relevant knowledge on physical illness in people with mental illness, (ii) identifying health promotion initiatives in European countries that meet country-specific needs, and (iii) at identifying best practice across Europe. HELPS will develop and implement a "physical health promotion toolkit", which will provide information to empower residents and staff to identify the most relevant risk factors and to select the most appropriate action.