Epidemiology

Epidemiology

  • Impact, risk and prevention of mental disorders

    Impact, risk and prevention of mental disorders

    Mental disorders are the group of illnesses with the greatest impact on the population's health in the most economically-developed countries, as has been stated by the World Health Organisation and in the Global Burden of Disease study. Between 20% and 30% of all people suffer a mental disorder at some point in their life. In many cases, this disorder is highly incapacitating. Our interdisciplinary group, which includes psychiatrists, psychologists, statisticians, sociologists and basic researchers, studies the factors that provide protection against or increase the risk of mental disorders, and treatments for the people who suffer them, for the purpose of improving preventive and therapeutic strategies. In recent years, aware of the importance of mental health in the achievement of a physically, mentally and socially healthy ageing process, we are devoting special attention to the study of health histories in order to determine the factors which favour active healthy ageing and at exactly which moment in time it is necessary to intervene in order to improve the course of each individual's health. We seek to translate all this knowledge into healthcare innovations which can be easily incorporated into our healthcare and social support systems.

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  • Epidemiology of aging: factors associated with healthy aging

    Epidemiology of aging: factors associated with healthy aging

    The interest of this research line lies in determining the impact (prevalence and disability) of mental disorders in the general population and the health care received by the persons who suffer such disorders. Epidemiologic studies are necessary for the planning and management of resources and to evaluate the existence and impact of factors associated with the possibility of suffering a mental disorder. The various projects of this line are focused on the adult population, the child and adolescent population, and elderly people.

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