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Year : 2008  |  Volume : 6  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 252-254

Guidelines need a more evidence based approach: a commentary on the IASC Guidelines on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergency Settings

psychiatrist and a medical epidemiologist. She is with the International Emergencyand Refugee Health Branch of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta (USA)

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Mental health and psychosocial surveys in emergency settings provide essential information on the psychological and social consequences of armed conflict and natural disasters. They also have programmatic implications. The Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) Guidelines on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) in Emergency Settings fails to recognize the importance of data driven programmes. Outcome evaluations of mental health and psychosocial programs in emergency settings would provide crucial information for a best practices approach, which is currently lacking. Evidence based information will be more likely to convince all humanitarian players to follow the recommendations in the MHPSS guidelines.

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