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mental health, policy, public health, psychiatry

Yatan Pal Singh Balhara, Shaul Lev-Ran, José Martínez-Raga, Amine Benyamina, Shalini Singh, Lisa Blecha, Nestor Szerman
OBJECTIVE: This article overviews training, clinical services, and research on dual disorders across four countries: France, India, Israel, and Spain. METHODS: The current dual disorders systems in each of the four countries were reviewed, with a focus on strengths and limitations of each. RESULTS: In France, psychiatric care occurs within the public health care system and involves little training of medical graduates for managing dual disorders...
July 2016: Journal of Dual Diagnosis
Rebeca Robles, Ana Fresán, Hamid Vega-Ramírez, Jeremy Cruz-Islas, Victor Rodríguez-Pérez, Tecelli Domínguez-Martínez, Geoffrey M Reed
BACKGROUND: The conceptualisation of transgender identity as a mental disorder has contributed to precarious legal status, human rights violations, and barriers to appropriate health care among transgender people. The proposed reconceptualisation of categories related to transgender identity in WHO's forthcoming International Classification of Diseases (ICD)-11 removes categories related to transgender identity from the classification of mental disorders, in part based on the idea that these conditions do not satisfy the definitional requirements of mental disorders...
September 2016: Lancet Psychiatry
Alberto Minoletti, Olga Toro, Rubén Alvarado, Claudia Carniglia, Alejandro Guajardo, Ximena Rayo
BACKGROUND: Quality of care and respect for the rights of users are critical to achieve positive health outcomes and respond appropriately to the expectations of people, particularly if they have mental illnesses. AIM: To carry out a baseline diagnosis of quality of care and respect for rights in public outpatient psychiatric services. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Quality of care and respect for patients'’ rights was assessed by a mental health professional and a trained psychiatric service user in 15 ambulatory psychiatric services...
December 2015: Revista Médica de Chile
Alain Lesage
This essay comprises 2 parts. It aims to recognize the public service of psychiatrists of the Département de psychiatrie de l'Université de Montréal who served at the provincial level of the Ministry of Health and Social Services for deinstitutionalisation of policies and organisation of services, at the service of people with severe mental disorders. First with Dr. Camille Laurin post-face of the 1962 book Les fous crient au secours! (Mentally ill patients cry for help); then the insight on the latest phase of differentiated specialised clinics by Dr...
2015: Santé Mentale Au Québec
Yoji Nakatani, Suguru Hasuzawa
This article describes the background and recent changes in French forensic mental health. The literature suggests that three law reforms have been crucial to changes in the mental health system. First, the Penal Code of 1992 redefined the provisions of criminal responsibility and introduced the category of diminished responsibility. Second, a controversial law for preventive detention (rétention de sûretê) was enacted in 2008, according to which criminals with severe personality disorders are subject to incarceration even after the completion of their prison sentences if they are still considered to pose a danger to the public...
2015: Seishin Shinkeigaku Zasshi, Psychiatria et Neurologia Japonica
Coralie Gandré, Amélie Prigent, Marie-Louise Kemel, Marion Leboyer, Karine Chevreul
Since 2007, actions have been undertaken in France to foster mental health research. Our objective was to assess their utility by estimating the evolution of public and non-profit funding for mental health research between 2007 and 2011, both in terms of total funding and the share of health research budgets. Public and non-profit funding was considered. Core funding from public research institutions was determined through a top-down approach by multiplying their total budget by the ratio of the number of psychiatry-related publications to the total number of publications focusing on health issues...
December 2015: European Neuropsychopharmacology: the Journal of the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology
Paula Errázuriz, Camila Valdés, Paul A Vöhringer, Esteban Calvo
In spite of the high prevalence of mental health disorders in Chile, there is a significant financing deficit in this area when compared to the world's average. The financing for mental health has not increased in accordance with the objectives proposed in the 2000 Chilean National Mental Health and Psychiatry Plan, and only three of the six mental health priorities proposed by this plan have secure financial coverage. The National Health Strategy for the Fulfilment of Health Objectives for the decade 2011-2020 acknowledges that mental disorders worsen the quality of life, increase the risk of physical illness, and have a substantial economic cost for the country...
September 2015: Revista Médica de Chile
Nisha Mehta, Sally C Davies
There is a lack of consensus over fundamental issues in public mental health in England. A move away from poorly evidenced 'well-being' policy approaches is needed. The authors have developed a more inclusive model using the World Health Organization's approach to public mental health. Public mental health policy makers must acknowledge the importance of psychiatry within the field.
September 2015: British Journal of Psychiatry: the Journal of Mental Science
Roderick Shaner, Kenneth S Thompson, Joel Braslow, Mark Ragins, Joseph John Parks, Jerome V Vaccaro
This article reviews the fiscal, programmatic, clinical, and cultural forces of health care reform that are transforming the work of public psychiatrists. Areas of rapid change and issues of concern are discussed. A proposed health care reform agenda for public psychiatric leadership emphasizes (1) access to quality mental health care, (2) promotion of recovery practices in primary care, (3) promotion of public psychiatry values within general psychiatry, (4) engagement in national policy formulation and implementation, and (5) further development of psychiatric leadership focused on public and community mental health...
September 2015: Psychiatric Clinics of North America
Lawrence Goodheart
A well-established interpretation associates the nineteenth-century psychiatrist Pliny Earle's deflation of high cure rates for insanity with the onset of a persistent malaise in patient treatment and public health policy during the Gilded Age. This essay comes not to praise Earle but to correct and clarify interpretations, however well intentioned, that are incomplete and inaccurate. Several points are made: the overwhelming influence of antebellum enthusiasm on astonishing therapeutic claims; the interrogation of high "recovery" rates begun decades before Earle's ultimate provocation; and, however disruptive, the heuristically essential contribution of Earle's challenge to furthering a meaningful model of mental disorder...
April 2016: Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences
Konstantinos N Fountoulakis
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April 2015: Psychiatrikē, Psychiatriki
Anand Sharma, Warren Dunn, Clare O'Toole, Harry G Kennedy
BACKGROUND: Length of stay in psychiatric hospitals interests health service planners, economists and clinicians. At a systems level it is preferable to study general adult and forensic psychiatric beds together since these are likely to be inter-dependent. We examined whether patients were placed according to specialist need or according to their cross-sectional length of stay. METHODS: A one night census of all registered mental nursing home (RMNH) beds was carried out for a defined catchment area of 1...
2015: International Journal of Mental Health Systems
Robert E Becker
In the mid-1960s, federal legislation provided psychiatry with funds for construction and initial staffing of local community mental health programs and funded university psychiatry departments to support research, innovations, and education in social-community psychiatry. Psychiatry gained resources for treating diseases and for addressing the disabilities that accompany mental illnesses. Abrupt losses of federal funding in the following decades, combined with restrictive insurance reimbursements and the expanding influence of the pharmaceutical industry, undermined psychiatry's abilities to address the needs of persons with severe mental illness...
October 2015: Psychiatric Services: a Journal of the American Psychiatric Association
Luis Salvador-Carulla, Rafael Martínez-Leal, Carla Heyler, Javier Alvarez-Galvez, Marja Y Veenstra, Jose García-Ibáñez, Sylvia Carpenter, Marco Bertelli, Kerim Munir, Jennifer Torr, Henny M J Van Schrojenstein Lantman-de Valk
BACKGROUND: Intellectual disability (ID) has consequences at all stages of life, requires high service provision and leads to high health and societal costs. However, ID is largely disregarded as a health issue by national and international organisations, as are training in ID and in the health aspects of ID at every level of the education system. SPECIFIC AIM: This paper aims to (1) update the current information about availability of training and education in ID and related health issues in Europe with a particular focus in mental health; and (2) to identify opportunities arising from the initial process of educational harmonization in Europe to include ID contents in health sciences curricula and professional training...
January 2015: International Journal of Developmental Disabilities
Benedetto Vitiello
Practical clinical trials (PCTs) are randomized experiments under typical practice conditions with the aim of testing the "real-life" benefits and risks of therapeutic interventions. Influential PCTs have been conducted in cardiology, oncology, and internal medicine. Psychotropic medications are widely and increasingly used in medical practice. This review examines recent progress in conducting PCTs in psychopharmacology. The January 2000 to October 2014 MEDLINE, Scopus, and databases were searched for peer-reviewed publications of PCTs with at least 100 subjects per treatment arm...
April 2015: Journal of Clinical Psychopharmacology
Ying Wu, Zhiguang Duan
BACKGROUND: Mental disorder is harmful to human health, effects social life seriously and still brings a heavy burden for countries all over the world. Scientific collaboration has become the indispensable choice for progress in the field of biomedicine. However, there have been few scientific publications on scientific collaboration in psychiatry research so far. The aim of this study was to measure the activities of scientific collaboration in psychiatry research at the level of authors, institutions and countries...
2015: International Journal of Mental Health Systems
Cati G Brown-Johnson, Ashley Sanders-Jackson, Judith J Prochaska
OBJECTIVE: Individuals with mental health concerns are disproportionately affected by and suffer the negative consequences of tobacco use disorder, perhaps because smoking has historically been part of psychiatry's culture. In the early 1990s, psychiatric inpatient facilities were exempted from U.S. hospital smoking bans, in response to public outcry with national media attention. Almost 2 decades later, the current study characterizes online conversation about psychiatric hospital smoking bans...
2014: Journal of Dual Diagnosis
Shu-Lung Yang, Louise Ann Rohrbach, Dennis Daley
The "Prevention, Family, and Community" session was chaired by Dr. Joseph Jror-Serk Cheng, who is an expert in community psychiatry and mental health policy and is superintendent of the Bali Psychiatric Center in Taipei. Dr. Shu-Lung Yang, dean of Student Affairs and Professor/Director of the Crime Research Center, National Chung Cheng University in Taiwan, served as the discussant. The two presenters were Dr. Louise Ann Rohrbach, who presented on "Prevention of Alcohol and other Drug Abuse: Science, Practice, Critical Issues, and Future Direction," and Dr...
December 2013: Journal of Food and Drug Analysis
Tadashi Takeshima
Japan's national suicide prevention efforts following the 1998 surge in the number of suicide deaths can be divided into three stages: the first stage administrated mainly by the health ministry (1998-2005), the second and transitional stage when it was upgraded to a full governmental issue (2005-2006), and the third and present stage following the promulgation of the Basic Act for Suicide Prevention in 2006. In June 2007, the General Principles for Suicide Prevention Policy (GPSP), a guideline on how the national government should act to promote suicide prevention, was announced, urging local governments to tackle the problem of suicide...
2014: Seishin Shinkeigaku Zasshi, Psychiatria et Neurologia Japonica
Laura D Hirshbein
The idea of tobacco or nicotine dependence as a specific psychiatric diagnosis appeared in 1980 and has evolved through successive editions of the American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual. Not surprisingly, the tobacco industry attempted to challenge this diagnosis through behind-the-scenes influence. But another entity put corporate muscle into supporting the diagnosis-the pharmaceutical industry. Psychiatry's ongoing professional challenges have left it vulnerable to multiple professional, social, and commercial forces...
November 2014: American Journal of Public Health
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