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Introducing ODDESSI

ODDESSI is a large-scale programme of research into crisis and continuing mental health care within the NHS. This programme is directed by Professor Steve Pilling (UCL), funded by the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) and managed by North East London NHS Foundation Trust (NELFT). The study will run from 2017-2022 and aims to transform the current model of health care for patients with major mental health problems. ODDESSI stands for Open Dialogue: Development and Evaluation of a Social Network Intervention for Severe Mental Illness. There are several questions that the research is examining:

  1. Can we develop a way to offer Open Dialogue in the NHS that is acceptable to staff (including peers) and service-users? Does it fit in with how existing NHS services operate?
  2. Does offering Open Dialogue result in good clinical outcomes, and is it worth the money?
  3. What is the experience of service users, carers, and staff?

The programme is vast and includes projects that focus on these areas:

  • How NHS mental health services are configured and change
  • Mental health services and referral pathways across study sites
  • Peers and their role within Open Dialogue teams
  • Training people in Open Dialogue
  • Whether it would be possible to compare Open Dialogue to treatment-as-usual in a large multi-centre trial (the feasibility trial)
  • The health economics of Open Dialogue and of treatment-as-usual

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