Scaling up services for mental and neurological disorders in low-resource settings.


Patel, Vikram; Goel, Digvijay Singh; Desai, Rajnanda; (2009) Scaling up services for mental and neurological disorders in low-resource settings. International health, 1 (1). pp. 37-44. ISSN 1876-3413

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Abstract

Mental and neurological disorders (MNDs) account for a large, and growing, burden of disease in low- and middle-income countries. Most people do not have access to even basic health care for these disorders. Recent evidence shows that task-shifting to non-specialist community health workers is a feasible and effective strategy for delivery of efficacious treatments for specific MND in low-resource settings. New global initiatives, such as the WHO's mental health Gap Action Program, are utilizing this evidence to devise packages of care for specific MNDs. This paper describes a plan that seeks to integrate the evidence on the treatment of specific MNDs, based on a task-shifting paradigm, for scaling up services for MNDs at the level of a defined population. The plan was developed by a state government in India in collaboration with technical partners, as a model District Mental Health Program for India's National Mental Health Program.

Item Type: Article
Research Centre: Centre for Global Mental Health
PubMed ID: 21637318
URI: http://researchonline.lshtm.ac.uk/id/eprint/19580

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