Reducing stigma among healthcare providers to improve mental health services (RESHAPE)
**Scope of Work/Abstract**
Despite growth in evidence-based practices (EBP) for depression, there is limited implementation of these services due to lack of mental health specialists. Tasksharing, in which primary care and community health workers assume some responsibilities of health specialists, has the potential to reduce the gap between depression burden and scarce services. Nevertheless, there are barriers to tasksharing, including stigma against people with mental illness among the very health workers who could assume some responsibilities of health Stigma is associated with low motivation of primary care workers to participate in mental health trainings, which therefore compromises their ability to undertake the responsibilities asked of them. The overall goal of the current project is to tackle stigma against people with mental illness, specifically amongst primary care and community health workers. A major component of the project is the implementation of a pilot cluster randomized controlled trial to evaluate an innovative anti-stigma training program. If successful, it could ultimately lead to higher quality care for people with mental illness.
The work to be completed by the DGHI analytics team is essential for the success of the parent K01 grant. Specifically, Liz Turner will continue her role as faculty biostatistician and Bonnie Kaiser will continue her role as qualitative expert consultant. The team will conduct regular meetings with Dr. Brandon Kohrt and the rest of the Nepali team when needed, will work on data processing, data preparation, the development of analysis plans, the execution of statistical and qualitative analyses, the development and writing of papers and will contribute to capacity building with our Nepali collaborators.