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4th EPA Forum

In continuation of the previous successful years, the EPA Forum was organised in 2018 for the fourth time. Preceding as usual the Opening of the 26th EPA Congress in Nice, this event on 3 March focused on “Person-centred mental healthcare: outcomes that matter to patients and their carers”.

The Forum is a platform to bring together Individual EPA members, EPA Council of National Psychiatric Association (NPA) members and Congress participants, along with other European and international organisations, stakeholders and policy makers, to present and discuss matters of European importance in the field of Mental Health and Mental Health Care.

In 2018, the EPA Forum aimed at stimulating the discussion on the current person-centred approach of mental health care and research. Within this frame, high-level experts outlined the needs and progress in outcome assessment of research and treatment programmes in mental health care. Important aspects of person-centred mental health care were discussed, ranging from digitalisation, the economic impact, the patients and families perspective as well as the EPA’s role in advocating a person-centred approach.

With over 220 participants, this year’s Forum resulted in interesting and fruitful debates among the audience and the different organisations/stakeholders, leading to a consensus of the importance of shifting to a person-centred mindset in mental health and research, and the need to maintain strong collaboration to achieve this goal.

The EPA would like to thank all the participants, and in particular the speakers, for their contribution and commitment to working towards better mental health care in Europe.

The final Forum programme is listed here below for your consultation.

To view the presentations of the speakers who have kindly provided them, please click on the links included in the programme below

2018 Forum Snapshots

2018 Forum Programme


9:00- 9:15 Welcome and Introduction
Silvana Galderisi​,EPA President
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9:15- 11:15​
Measuring quality and outcome of person-centred mental health care
Chair:Silvana Galderisi,EPA President

Niek Klazinga Head of the HCQI ProjectOECD Health

The importance of patient-reported indicators of health system performance
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Bernd Puschner
Head of The Process-outcomeSection at Ulm University (Germany)

​Integrating shared decision making and users’ reported outcome measures
Discussion from the main stakeholders:
​Helen Herrman
President of the World Psychiatric Association (WPA)
The point of view of the professionals working with policymakers, patients and families
Hilkka Kärkkäinen
President of theGlobal Alliance of Mental Illness Advocacy Networks-Europe (GAMIAN)
The point of view of the users
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Martine Frager-Berlet
Vice-president of the European Federation of Associations
of Families of People with Mental Illness (EUFAMI)
The point of view of the families
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General Discussion
​11:30 – 12:45
Challenges in the implementation of patient-centred research and care
Chair: Philip Gorwood,EPA President elect
Terje PeetsoHead of Sector of ehealth and ageing policy at DG CONNECT,
European Commission (Belgium)
​The role of digitisationto support person-centred mental healthcarein Europe
Michela Tinelli
Assistant Professorial Research Fellow at London School of Economics (UK)
​Improving the value from health spending – The case of Mental health
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​Ivana Silva
Scientific Administrator at the European Medicines Agency (Italy)
Translating academic research into novel value-based methodologies and service
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Chris NasSenior Policy Advisorat Trimbos Institute(the Netherlands) The outcome measurement program in the Netherlands: What can we
learnTo see the PDF presentation please clickhere.
General Discussion
12:45 – 13:30
Therole of the EPA and National Psychiatric Associations (NPAs)
Chair: Wolfgang Gaebel,EPA Past President

Silvana Galderisi
EPA President

​​To see the PDF presentation please clickhere.

Tamas Kurimay
Chair of the EPA Council of NPAs

General Discussion