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Year : 2003  |  Volume : 1  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 57-67

The evaluation of mental health services in war: a case register in Bosnia-Herzegovina

1 psychologist, works as a clinical psychologist in Centrum 45, The Netherlands, and has participated in the evaluation of the mental health care provided by MSF in Bosnia Herzegovina
2 clinical psychologist, physioherapist and movement scientist is mental health advisor of Medicins Sans Frontiéres
3 psychologist, is professor of psychotraumatology at Tilburg and Utrecht Universities, The Netherlands and head research of the Institute for Psychotrauma
4 works for Catholic Child Relief, Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina
5 works for Health Net International, Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina., Bosnia-Herzegovina

Correspondence Address:
Trudy TM Mooren
Centrum '45, Rijnzichtweg 35, 2342 AX Oegstgeest, The Netherlands.

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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

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Mental health programmes in war-stricken areas aim to offer immediate help to those who most need it. Usually, there is no urge to start a systematic registration on demographic data of clients and on characteristics of interventions. Nevertheless, there is a growing necessity to do so. Structured gathering of information can help professionals to obtain insight in the age, sex and number of clients they see, in the usefulness of the interventions they offer on the basis of which they can demonstrate the importance of their work. This paper describes the pros and cons of the development and implementation of such a monitoring system in Bosnia and Herzegovina. It is argued that although methodological disadvantages can be formulated against this type of evaluating services, the pros outweigh the cons, even in ongoing crises.

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