The CARES report - Co morbid Mental Health and Substance Misuse in Scotland informs the following considerations for future research:
- To continuously monitor the epidemiology of co-morbid mental health and substance misuse issues in Scotland. Most of this data will be from community services but should include admissions and re-admissions to psychiatric hospitals in order to measure progress against published targets;
- To evaluate current good practices to support both service users and carers to ascertain efficiency and effectiveness;
- To study the impact of parental co-morbidity on children - many of whom will be young carers - to begin exploring ways to better support families leading to more positive outcomes for children and adolescents; and
- To understand the prevalence, type and impact of co-morbidity present in The State Hospital, Young Offender Institutions, Prison, psychiatric and general practice populations.
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