COFI is a multi-centre research project  funded by the European Commission 7th Framework Programme and co-ordinated by the Unit for Social and Community Psychiatry (World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Mental Health Services Development), Queen Mary University of London.

The COFI team will assess mental health policies on organisation of mental health care and evaluate outcomes, costs and patient experience of care in 5 European countries: Belgium, Germany, Italy, Poland and United Kingdom.

We expect to find out whether having the same lead clinician (psychiatrist, psychologist or other) in hospital and in outpatient treatment can prevent re-hospitalisations, reduce the costs of care, improve patient experience and increase the safety and quality of mental health care.

COFI project brings together a multidisciplinary team of researchers including expertise in mental health care, psychology, nursing, mental health policies, sociology and research methodology.