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Domenico Giacco, MD

Honorary Senior Lecturer

Centre for Psychiatry
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Domenico Giacco

Research interests of Dr Giacco include mental health services research, social relationships of patients with psychotic disorders, carers involvement in inpatient treatment, mental health care for people from marginalised groups, quality of life in severe mental disorders, legal and clinical characteristics of coercive inpatient treatments and clinical decision-makingĀ in the treatement severe mental illness.

Dr Giacco contributed to data analysis of two European Union funded research projects (EUNOMIA, INVOLVE). He contributed to research management and data analysis in another EU funded project (CEDAR study).

Dr Giacco has closely collaborated with Prof Priebe on writing the application for the project "Comparing policy framework, structure, effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of functional and integrated systems of mental health care".  Dr Giacco is the second applicant from Queen Mary University of London on this application. The application has been favourably evaluated by the panel of the call on Health - Innovation and the project will be conducted in six centres and five countries (UK, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Poland) starting on February 2014 with a duration of four years.

He is also Principal Investigator, in conjunction with Prof Priebe, in a project within the Mental Health Theme of the NIHR CHLARC North Thames. The project will aim to develop an intervention to involve carers of patients with psychosis in in-patient treatment and will start on January 2014 with a duration of five years.

Dr Giacco is currently leading a project assessing social relationships of patients with psychosis, involving researchers supported by external funding.

He is also analysing data from the CONNECT study on the long-term mental health consequences of the war in the Balkans and has recently submitted a paper to PLOS ONE based on his analyses on this dataset.

He has published overall 22 papers in peer-reviewed journals, 6 book chapters and 80 congress papers.

He is also responsible, under the lead of Prof Priebe, for the activities of the Unit of Social and Community Psychiatry as World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Mental Health Services Development and has coauthored with Prof Priebe two narrative reviews for WHO on mental health care for socially marginalized groups and on ensuring safe and effective mental health care. These reviews were used as background papers for the European Mental Health Action Plan of the WHO, approved in September 2013.

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