The 10/90 divide in mental health research: Trends over a 10-year period

Shekhar Saxena, Guillermo Paraje, Pratap Sharan, Ghassan Karam, Ritu Sadana

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A search (precision value 94%, recall value 93%) of the ISI Web of Science database (1992-2001) revealed that mental health publications accounted for 3-4% of the health literature. A10/90 divide in internationally accessible mental health literature was evident and remained undiminished through 10 years as low- and middle-income countries (n=152) contributed only 6%, high-income countries (n=54) 94%, and 14 leading high-income countries (with more than 1% contribution for majority of years under consideration) contributed 90% of internationally accessible mental health research. Steps should be taken to improve the research infrastructure and capacity to conduct and disseminate mental health research in general, and on a priority basis in low- and middle-income countries.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)81-82
Number of pages2
JournalBritish Journal of Psychiatry
Issue numberJAN.
StatePublished - Jan 2006


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