The Global Clinical Practice Network (GCPN) is an international and multilingual network of healthcare professionals providing mental health services. Originally, GCPN was established by the World Health Organization’s Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse as a core mechanism for the development of the diagnostic guidelines for Mental, Behavioural and Neurodevelopmental Disorders included in the latest version of WHO’s International Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems (Eleventh Revision; ICD-11).
Since its inception in 2011, GCPN members have shared their clinical expertise by providing feedback on the development of the ICD-11 through participation in internet-based field studies assessing the clinical utility, reliability and global applicability of the ICD-11 diagnostic guidelines. Insights gained from GCPN members directly informed WHO’s decisions about the structure and content of the new classification system, which in turn will affect mental health service delivery and the activities of health professionals worldwide.
Beyond the ICD-11, the GCPN’s large international sample and capacity to conduct studies in multiple languages provide an unparalleled potential to conduct practice-based research relevant to mental health professionals around the world.
In June 2020, we began implementation of a groundbreaking study on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the clinical practice and occupational well-being of mental health professionals. This study is ongoing and will collect data at three time points to assess the evolving impact of COVID-19.
The GCPN includes over 15,600 health professionals who represent various disciplinary backgrounds, all WHO global regions and 159 countries. Any mental health or primary care professional who has completed their training and is qualified to practice in their country is eligible to participate. GCPN registration takes approximately 10 minutes to complete. As a GCPN member, you will be asked to participate in research initiatives focused on understanding what clinicians worldwide are actually seeing in clinical practice no more than once per month, and each survey or study will require about 30 minutes of your time. You will never be asked to provide identifying information about your patients.
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