Clinical Guidelines

The Trimbos Institute has been commissioned to develop a variety of quality standards and clinical guidelines; these quality standards cover a broad range of topics, ranging from specialized mental health care to public health and prevention. These standards are derived from the best available evidence and are based on (cost-) effectiveness data, client and provider preferences, and safety issues. These considerations impact the development of the quality standards. Healthcare providers, client groups, and family organizations are closely engaged in the development process.

For over ten years and in close collaboration with key stakeholders, the Trimbos Institute has developed, implemented, and evaluated guidelines and quality standards. Guidelines are important tools in making a correct diagnosis and choosing the best form of treatment.

These standards help:

  • public health and mental healthcare practitioners to make informed decisions about the best services based on evidence, practice knowledge, and client preferences;
  • clients receiving mental healthcare services and their families to gather information about the quality of care;
  • mental healthcare providers to review the latest evidence and get insight into the performance; and
  • healthcare insurers to monitor care delivery in practice settings, ensure that the services are acceptable from the points of view of clients and healthcare providers, are effective, while derived from the latest evidence, achieve the intended outcomes, and are cost-effective.

Guidelines are developed by using state-of-the-art methods, including meta-analysis, GRADE, concept mapping, and conjunct analysis. The development of guidelines is consistently done in collaboration with both national partners (e.g. client, family, and/or professional associations) and international partners (e.g. NICE).

In close consultation with key stakeholders, a series of practice guidelines have been developed for the Dutch youth support services, the child and adolescent healthcare sector, the nursing profession, and the mental health sector.

The Trimbos Institute supports the Netwerk Kwaliteitsontwikkeling GGz (Network Quality Improvement for Mental Health Care).

For more information, please contact Danielle van Duin.