In the coming years, a series of situations will lead to an increase in morbidity and, presumably, mortality:
The demographic structure of Europe has a high life expectancy.
However, the number of people with tax capacity is steadily decreasing.
Increase in the prevalence of chronic disease.
Mental disorders and addictions are two of the health problems that put the biggest strain on the healthcare system, society and economy of most countries. According to the World Health Organisation, two in every five cases of disability in the world are due to mental disorders, which are also the cause of one in every three treatment services, in both developed and undeveloped countries.
The high prevalence of these disorders is also related to rapid social transformations and phenomena such as:
Lack of family or social support
Breakup of social networks
As a result of all this, the healthcare systems in developed countries are facing changes never-before-seen in the history of such nations. The current reality of healthcare is marked by a number of aspects, including the variability of clinical practices, the multidisciplinarity of treatments, the complexity of the care process, the integration of new diagnostic and therapeutic technologies and the associated cost.
What’s more, the situation will quickly evolve as patients become more active, participatory and responsible for the management of their health. In the area of mental health, more specifically, a number of studies have shown that specific initiatives aimed at educating patients and the family members of people with mental illness have yielded highly positive results.
As a result of all this, the role of professionals is also changing. It is a transformation that encompasses everything from values to organisation, teamwork and new competences in resource management. And it is in this context that the Janssen Innovative Classroom in Healthcare Policy, which has its headquarters in the University Institute for Patient Care at the Universitat Internacional de Catalunya (UIC Barcelona), the Sant Joan de Déu Healthcare Park and the Mar Health Park have launched this training course on Clinical Management in Mental Health.