Tuesday, March 4, 2008

A New Policy Paper on Clinical Depression in the Canadian Context

Researchers across Canada are studying different aspects of major depression using Statistics Canada health survey data accessed primarily in Research Data Centres across Canada. A Profile of Clinical Depression in Canada is the first paper in a "Synthesis Series" designed to bring together research findings on socio-economic and health issues and make them known to policy makers and the public at large.

A Profile of Clinical Depression in Canada


HJ-RDC said...

Scott and I created this synthesis a) to let "non-researchers" know what researchers are learning about clinical depression in Canada from population health survey data and b) to let researchers know about other researchers working in their field.
Scott created this blog to encourage an exchange of information, ideas and questions between researchers, policy makers and others - about the synthesis, and about depression research more generally.
Finally, a note to RDC researchers: We expect to update the profile at regular intervals, so please let us know about study findings we've missed or about new ones as they come out.

sharon said...

I notice a ? proliferation of Blogs gleaning input from "grey" sources: e.g. literarure, alternative therapies, other professions,laypersons.

1.Is this a new respect for " tacit" information?
2.Is this an effort to create " critical mass"?
3.Are there new undergirding policies that outline this arena of "hear/respect/listen" will ultimately result in clinical trials that can be funded?

Having said all of that.... can you define what you mean by "others"?????????

Scott Patten said...

I think "others" could be anyone. The policy document is based largely on data collected during national surveys - so there are hundreds of thousands of Canadian who have contributed to it, and certainly have a legitimate interest in the topic. The particular value of conducting population-based research is to direct policies and planning that would improve population health rather than the health, say, of a particular individual person, so the main target audience is policy makers and planners, but in the mental health field. In this field, though, this is not necessarily restricted to people with official positions in government supported organizations.