Project MIND is a collaborative research study between the South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC), the University of Cape Town, Oxford University, and the Western Cape Department of Health (WCDoH). The purpose of this study is to develop two collaborative care models for mental health and chronic disease care and to test which of these models is the most effective for improving mental health and chronic disease outcomes.
South Africa is faced with many health challenges. Some of these challenges include a high prevalence of:
such as HIV
such as diabetes
such as depression and alcohol abuse
Many people who live with a chronic disease also suffer from a common mental disorder. Unfortunately, these mental disorders often go undetected and untreated. When common mental disorders remain untreated, it can affect a person’s adherence and response to treatment for chronic diseases such HIV and diabetes. Therefore, treating common mental disorders are important for improving treatment outcomes of chronic disease services. Project MIND aims to address this health challenge by Strengthening South Africa's health system through integrating treatment for mental illness into chronic disease care.
Strengthening South Africa's health system through integrating treatment for mental illness into chronic disease care.