The future of psychiatry in low- and middle-income countries


Patel, V; (2009) The future of psychiatry in low- and middle-income countries. Psychological medicine, 39 (11). pp. 1759-1762. ISSN 0033-2917 DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/s0033291709005224

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Abstract

The great shortage, and inequitable distribution, of psychiatrists in low- and middle-income countries is one of the key reasons for the large treatment gap for people with mental disorders. Psychiatrists need to play a public mental health leadership role in increasing the coverage of mental health care through task shifting of effective interventions to non-specialist health workers. Psychiatrists' new roles should include designing and managing such programmes, building clinical capacity, supervision and quality assurance, providing referral pathways and research.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Developing countries, psychiatrists, public health, randomized controlled-trial, community-health workers, mental-health, depression, intervention, services, care, schizophrenia, disorders, uganda
Faculty and Department: Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health > Dept of Population Health (2012- ) > Dept of Nutrition and Public Health Interventions Research (2003-2012)
Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health > Dept of Population Health (2012- )
Research Centre: Centre for Global Mental Health
Centre for Global Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs)
Web of Science ID: 271177500001
URI: http://researchonline.lshtm.ac.uk/id/eprint/4564

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