Better Mental Health Care

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A concise guide to establishing, developing and evaluating modern mental health services, providing the relevant evidence to support necessary choices between alternative models of care. It includes a step-by-step guide to what to do and how to do it, taking into account the needs of people with mental illnesses in the general population, the available resources, and the main policy requirements. It also gives readers practical resources to assist them in their role in establishing and developing mental health ...

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Overview

A concise guide to establishing, developing and evaluating modern mental health services, providing the relevant evidence to support necessary choices between alternative models of care. It includes a step-by-step guide to what to do and how to do it, taking into account the needs of people with mental illnesses in the general population, the available resources, and the main policy requirements. It also gives readers practical resources to assist them in their role in establishing and developing mental health services with examples of best practice taken from countries world-wide. In addition, key relevant issues such as international agreements on human rights and guidelines on best practice to reduce stigma and discrimination are explained.

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Reviewer: Patricia E. Murphy, PhD (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: This book goes beyond deinstitutionalization of psychiatric patients to describe a systematic approach at the hospital, community, and individual level for better addressing the needs of persons with different levels of illness. Its broad international perspective offers hope beyond the limited experience of the United States. It is packed with research that is both epidemiological and based on the evidence.
Purpose: While acknowledging the varied financial and personnel resources in different countries, the authors aim to assist in planning for the availability and quality of mental healthcare. Evidence-based interventions as well as experience form important components for change. The shift to community and individual care involves engaging many partners, including consumers, in planning places and styles of interventions.
Audience: The book is directed to practitioners, service users, family members of users, health professionals, and students of mental healthcare, all of whom play a role in developing better ways of providing for the needs of those with mental illness. It is accessible to different levels of educational backgrounds while maintaining a solid academic base.
Features: The book addresses three issues in providing care for persons with mental health needs: ethics, evidence-based practice, and experience of persons adapting healthcare models to a community base. The authors incorporate research and information gathered over the past 20 to 30 years from their own countries, Italy and England, as well as comments collected from other developed and developing countries.
Assessment: Clear lists, charts, and graphs make this book quite practical. It foresees problems like finances as well as neighborhood and staff resistance towards new models of delivering services and addresses these issues directly. My only disappointment is the failure to include some innovative programs from the United States. It is a timely book in light of the current efforts for healthcare reform in the United States.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521689465
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 12/31/2008
  • Pages: 194
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Graham Thornicroft is Professor of Community Psychiatry and Head of the Health Service and Population Research Department, Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London, UK.

Michele Tansella is Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Verona, Italy.

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Table of Contents

Foreword Benedetto Saraceno; Acknowledgements; 1. Beginning the journey - mapping the route; 2. Mental health of the population and care in the community; 3. The historical context; 4. The ethical base for mental health care; 5. The evidence base for mental health care; 6. The experience base for mental health care; 7. The geographical dimension: the country/regional level; 8. The geographical dimension: the local level; 9. The geographical dimension: the individual level; 10. The time dimension: the input phase; 11. The time dimension: the process phase; 12. The time dimension: the outcome phase; 13. The central role of staff for better mental health care; 14. Informed actions for better mental health care.
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