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Head of Mental Health Support Systems Research Centr

Vasily Stepanovich Yastrebov is the head of theHead of Mental Health Support Systems Research Centr, doctor of medical sciences, professor, honorary physician of the Russian Federation. He upheld his PhD' thesis “Late remissions in schizophrenia” in 1978 and defended his doctoral thesis “Out-patient forms of schizophrenia (a clinical and epidemiological study)” in 1988. His scientific interests involve: scientific basis for the organization of mental health services, its ethical and legal aspects, social psychiatry, economical issues of mental healthcare. He published 156 scientific papers and is a co-author of a number of monographs. Under his scientific supervision, 5 PhD's theses and 1 doctoral thesis have been upheld. He took part in the development of a number of state documents, regulating activities of psychiatric establishments and services. He is one of the authors of the draft of the law on psychiatric care, of 3 editions of comments to the Law on psychiatric care, of the Federal programme on improvement of mental health care and other institutional and inter-institutional documents. He is Deputy Chairman of the Russian Association of Psychiatrists, member of Bureau of the Section on Psychiatry of the Scientific Council of Ministry of Health of the Russian Federation, member of the editorial board of the “Journal of neurology and psychiatry named after S.S. Korsakov”, member of editorial council of the journals “Social and clinical psychiatry” and “Review of Modern Psychiatry”. V.S. Yastrebov is the representative of RF in the European Regional WHO Bureau, member of WHO collaborative centre, member of the section on the quality of psychiatric services of the World Psychiatric Associations.

The Department was formed in 1988, on the basis of the former department of epidemiology within the Institute of Psychiatry of AMS USSR. Since 1994, a Centre studying the systems of support to mental healthcare has been functioning on the basis of this Department.

The Department is staffed with 23 research fellows.

The structure of the Department consists of 3 units: unit for clinical, epidemiological and medico-demographic studies (head - doctor of medical sciences, professor V.G. Rotstein); unit for socio-demographic and clinico-economical problems of psychiatry (head - doctor of medical sciences T.A. Solokhina); unit for modelling mental health services (head - doctor of medical sciences, professor V.S. Yastrebov).

Scope of research activities of the Department:

1. Assessment of modern methods of epidemiological studies of non-infectious psychiatric disorders.

2. Assessment of biological, environmental, social and other factors influencing mental health.

3. Random epidemiological examinations of mental patients, groups with a high risk of psychiatric disorders in the population.

4. Assessment of biological, environmental, social and other factors influencing mental health in the population.

5. Assessment of epidemiological quality criteria of activities of mental health care services.

6. Evaluation of medical, demographic, socio-economical and other factors, determining the patterns of formation, organization and operation of various establishments in the system of psychiatric care.

7. Investigation of problems of equipment, staff recruitment, financing and material maintenance in establishments of psychiatric services, development of proposals on the principles of economic regulation in activities of establishments within the system of psychiatric services.

8. Conduction of studies on ensuring the evaluation of the quality of psychiatric services and development of instructive and methodological materials based on these results, for further implementation into practical operation of mental healthcare establishments.

9. Studies on legal, ethical, economic and other social problems of psychiatry.

10. Investigation of organizational and other types of factors, influencing the special features of activities in mental healthcare services.

11. Development of organizational principles in the new organizational forms of psychiatric care.

12. Participation in the activities of community-based forms of support of mental health.