The Social and Economic Survey Research Institute (Sesri) at Qatar University (QU) with support of Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) and Hamad Medical Corp (HMC) is currently conducting ‘The World Mental Health Qatar’ study.
"This is the first national study aiming to collect comprehensive data on the prevalence and associated factors of mental disorders to enhance the understanding of the epidemiology of mental illness in Qatar’s society today," Sesri director Prof Kaltham al-Ghanim said.
This scientific research aims to measure the prevalence of mental disorders, determine the burden of these disorders, and assess the use of mental health services and treatment in Qatar.
Using well-tested methodology approved by the WHO, the interviews are conducted in Arabic, by highly trained interviewers.
Qataris and Arab expatriates 18 years and above are randomly selected to participate in the telephone survey.
Participation in the study is voluntary and anonymous.
The study aligns with the important goals and objectives of the Qatar’s National Vision 2030, supporting the desired outcome of “a healthy population”.Sheikh Dr Mohamed bin Hamad al-Thani, director of Public Health, MoPH has invited the public to take part in this important scientific research.
Researchers at Sesri led by Dr Salma M Khaled, research associate professor, are conducting the study in collaboration with WHO, Harvard University, University of Michigan, HMC and MoPH.
The project is part of an international consortium in survey research, an initiative that has collected data in more than 30 countries worldwide and it has been instrumental in supporting countries to establish the necessary infrastructure to collect representative epidemiological data of population mental health.
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