What is it about?

This study explores the views of stakeholders in Indonesia regarding the implementation of task-shifting for mental health to nurses in primary healthcare settings. Through in-depth interviews and focused group discussions with 19 stakeholders, including government officials, professional organizations, and mental health practitioners, three main themes emerged: task-shifting feasibility and acceptability, shared task implementation, and nurse role enhancement issues. The findings highlight the importance of policy development and collaboration among stakeholders to effectively implement task-shifting in mental health care.

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Why is it important?

This study addresses the relatively unexplored topic of mental health task-shifting in Indonesia, offering insights into stakeholder perspectives and potential challenges in implementation. Given the growing recognition of mental health as a global health priority and the need to address treatment gaps, understanding stakeholder perspectives on task-shifting is timely and critical. The findings contribute to the literature on mental health workforce optimization strategies, particularly in low-resource settings like Indonesia. By identifying key themes and considerations, this study informs policy and practice to enhance mental health service delivery in primary care settings.


As a researcher passionate about mental health and healthcare delivery, I find this study's exploration of task-shifting perspectives in Indonesia particularly intriguing. Task-shifting has the potential to address mental health treatment gaps and improve access to care, especially in resource-constrained settings. By shedding light on stakeholder views and implementation challenges, this study provides valuable insights for policymakers, healthcare providers, and mental health advocates. It underscores the importance of collaborative efforts and policy support to integrate mental health task-shifting into primary care settings effectively. Moving forward, further research and action are needed to overcome barriers and optimize mental health service delivery in Indonesia and beyond.

Mr Ferry Efendi
Universitas Airlangga

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This page is a summary of: “Not shifting, but sharing”: stakeholders' perspectives on mental health task-shifting in Indonesia, BMC Nursing, June 2022, Springer Science + Business Media,
DOI: 10.1186/s12912-022-00945-8.
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