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Mental Health Retrosight is a three year, multicountry project to investigate the translation and payback from mental health and neuroscience research into clinical application and community practice. It will look at research in mental health over the past 20-25 years in Canada, the US and the UK. Building on methodology previously applied by RAND Europe in the fields of arthritis and cardiovascular research, case studies of research grants awarded in the late 1980s will explore how their findings, methods and ideas were built on and developed up to the present day. A complementary stream of work will look backwards in time from treatment advances made in the last 5-10 years, identifying the research which contributed to their development. Through this approach, the study aims to identify the long term payback from mental health research; identify factors that are associated with the successful translation of research; and make insights that will inform future funding policy. Phase I piloted and developed the methodological approach to ensure its feasibility in the field of mental health.

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