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Tijdschrift voor Psychiatrie 60 (2018) 3, 189 - 193

Short report

Personalised prevention of mental disorder

P. Cuijpers, A.T.F. Beekman

background The prevention of mental disorders is feasible, but a broader implementation requires a more precise application of available interventions to target populations.
aim A literature review of the different approaches where preventive measures are applied more precisely and personally.
method A narrative review of existing literature.
results Several promising strategies to improve precision and personalisation of prevention are indeed available, but there is insufficient research to substantiate them.
conclusion Prevention of mental health disorders is possible, and there are interventions proven to be effective. In order to have an actual impact at population level, we require a mix of universal, selective and indication-based preventive measures. The universal campaigns, aimed at the entire population, would hereby create conditions enabling the other strategies, aimed at risk groups, to succeed.

keywords KEY-WORDS mental health, personalizing, precision, prevention