Complex Interventions in Mental Health 

Psychiatric and mental health Nursing employs a large variety of psychosocial interventions. The focus here is, for example, on health education, the promotion of mental health and well being, including psychotherapeutic interventions and measures to support the recovery process of patients and their relatives.  Similar to other areas of the health system, many of these interventions in Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing are complex interventions. “Complex Interventions” are activities that contain a number of component parts with the potential for interactions between them, which, when applied to the target population, produce a range of possible and variable outcomes.

As practitioners and scientists, we ask ourselves how scientific findings can be implemented effectively and efficient and, above all, sustainable with long-term success. During the congress we would like to focus on this topic. Of course, you are also welcome to submit contributions on any other topic dealing with psychiatric care within and outside Europe.

Abstracts are being invited under the main theme of ‘Complex Interventions’. These may be associated with one of the following sub-themes:

Developing complex interventions. 

  • The development of new interventions, e.g. with regard to the use of digital media in psychiatric care, is complex and requires not only development phases but also insights but also possibilities for testing and evaluation.

Evaluation of complex interventions.

  • The evaluation of complex interventions can be carried out with different objectives and methods. Here, qualitative as well as quantitative research approaches can be goal-oriented.

Implementing complex interventions. 

  • The successful implementation of complex methods usually requires a cross-professional and cross-hierarchical strategy. 

  • It is often not easy to maintain a complex intervention after successful implementation.

Collaboration and coproduction in complex interventions.

  • Collaboration with service users, nursing colleagues, family members, other disciplines, community services pp. in Complex interventions.

The Abstract must include:

•     Background 

•     Aim

•     Method

•     Result

•     Discussion

•     Three learning outcomes

Abstracts may be in the form of a:

1. Concurrent session – 20 minutes in length.

2. Symposium – 1 hour in length containing 2-3 papers on the same topic. Abstracts for symposia can contain 400 characters. Please make sure that the individual presenters of the symposium (min. 2, max. 3) are identified by separate headings and that the authors are named. All presenters in the symposia must register individually for the congress.

3. Workshop – 1 hour in length.

4. Poster – on the festival theme, topical developments, research and/or local issues of wider interest. Poster format is A0 vertical (841x 1189 mm) 

(PLEASE NOTE: If you have chosen to present you will be expected to register for the congress).

Closing date for Abstract submission is December 31, 2019. Your submission will be reviewed by the festival scientific committee and you can expect to be notified of their decision in January 2020.

The Abstract submission should not exceed 2500 characters (not including the references and bibliography).

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