[Prevention priorities in mental health in Geneva: a study using the Delphi technic]

Sante Publique. 1998 Jun;10(2):191-201.
[Article in French]


A Delphi technique was used to determine priorities for mental health prevention in Geneva. The study comprised two rounds of postal questionnaires targeted at 58 participants concerned and/or interested by mental health through their association or their work. From the responses given in the first round mental health problems were listed, essentially health problems (65%) and service problems (11%) and less frequently resources problems (< 1%). Consensus produced in the second round indicated that 3 problems were priorities for the development of preventive measures: depression, alcohol abuse, maltraitance and sexual abuse. Using the Delphi technique, a qualitative method corresponding to a subjective consensus issued from a group of experts, priorities for mental health prevention were identified in Geneva, in 1995.

Publication types

  • English Abstract

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Alcoholism / prevention & control
  • Child
  • Delphi Technique*
  • Depression / prevention & control
  • Female
  • Health Priorities*
  • Health Resources
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Mental Disorders / prevention & control*
  • Mental Health Services
  • Mental Health*
  • Sex Offenses / prevention & control
  • Suicide / prevention & control
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Switzerland
  • Violence / prevention & control