HPP publishes scorecard on depression in Romania, the first in a series of European reports

15 March 2022

The Health Policy Partnership has developed the depression scorecard, a tool which can be used to support national-level assessment of policy and delivery of care for people with depression. We have applied it to six European countries and launched the first report, focusing on Romania.

Depression is the most common mental health condition worldwide. It is linked to a range of negative outcomes, including reduced earnings, chronic illness and a higher chance of death. In Romania, many people with depression do not seek care owing to high levels of stigma and a lack of awareness of the support and treatment available. There are also significant regional inequalities in access to high-quality mental health care. While the country’s mental health services have undergone successive reforms, policies to improve care have not yet been fully implemented.

The depression scorecard is built around four priority areas:

  • investing in joined-up and comprehensive depression services, including community-based services
  • systematic collection of data on depression
  • engaging and empowering people with depression, involving them in decisions about their care
  • harnessing technology to improve access to care.

The scorecard for Romania sets out recommendations for policymakers, healthcare professionals and patient organisations to improve care for people with depression. The findings and recommendations were developed through an in-depth literature review and interviews with an advisory group of Romanian experts in depression and public health.

Download the scorecard in English
Download the scorecard in Romanian

To find out more, visit our project page.