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Mental health
Treating and preventing common mental health conditions in involuntary migrants: gaps and opportunities for research
  1. Ela Ury
  1. The University of Manchester School of Social Sciences, Manchester M13 9PL, UK
  1. Correspondence to Ela Ury, The University of Manchester School of Social Sciences, Manchester M13 9PL, UK; ela.ury{at}

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Commentary on: Uphoff E, Robertson L, Cabieses B, et al. An overview of systematic reviews on mental health promotion, prevention, and treatment of common mental disorders for refugees, asylum seekers, and internally displaced persons. Cochrane Database Syst Rev 2019;6:9.

Implications for practice and research

  • There is currently a limited evidence base to guide treatment and prevention of common mental disorders for involuntary migrants.

  • Future research must be directed towards children, internationally displaced persons (IDP) and common mental disorders other than post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).


Involuntary migrants often face highly stressful and dangerous events, and up to 42% experience poor mental health.1 Public mental health policy must prioritise this vulnerable group, but generic interventions may not always be culturally or practically appropriate. In response to these concerns, a Cochrane overview of systematic reviews2 was done with the aim of …

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  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; internally peer reviewed.