Mental health

Guideline development process

The mental health Gap Action Programme (mhGAP) guidelines on interventions for mental, neurological and substance use disorders have been developed following the WHO process for development of guidelines.

A network of experts was identified to convene the Guideline Development Group (GDG), taking into consideration multidisciplinary expertise and adequate regional and gender representation. A review of potential conflicts of interest was carried out. The GDG developed scoping questions and defined outcomes. For each scoping question, evidence was aggregated and synthesized following the GRADE methodology. The evidence profiles were then supplemented by noting values, preferences, and feasibility considerations. Recommendations were subsequently drafted and submitted to the GDG for review, modification, and approval.

The pathway describing the process of recommendation development is presented below.