Estimated Prevalence & Distribution of Selected DSM-5 Mental Disorders & Substance Use Disorder Groups in BC
May 2016 – April 2017
This 12 month study is the first phase of a broader effort to support evidence-based planning for mental health and substance use services in the province. Initiated by the British Columbia (BC) Ministry of Health (MoH) with the support of the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research, the study will provide the MoH the most up to date epidemiological prevalence and distribution estimates of adults in BC for selected mental disorders and substance use disorders.
The following methods will be applied and cross validated:
- Determination of epidemiological findings based on existing scientific literature
- Analysis and examination of existing survey data
- Analysis and examination of relevant administrative data (derived from existing BC health services)
Future phases of this work will develop evidence-based needs estimates to assist provincial planning and contribute to efforts that aim to strengthen the mental health and substance use system of care in BC.
BC Ministry of Health
Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research
BC Centre for Disease Control
Vancouver Coastal Health Authority
Vancouver Island Health Authority
Northern Health Authority
Interior Health Authority
Provincial Health Services Authority