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Professionalism in Mental Healthcare: Experts, Expertise and Expectations
     

Professionalism in Mental Healthcare: Experts, Expertise and Expectations

by Dinesh Bhugra
 

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In mental health, as in other medical disciplines, the role of the professional is changing. The availability of information, enhanced roles of other healthcare professionals and changes in training have altered the doctor-patient relationship and left professionals accountable to the needs of clients, politicians, policy makers and funding agencies. This book

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In mental health, as in other medical disciplines, the role of the professional is changing. The availability of information, enhanced roles of other healthcare professionals and changes in training have altered the doctor-patient relationship and left professionals accountable to the needs of clients, politicians, policy makers and funding agencies. This book seeks to redefine the professional role of the specialist mental health worker by bringing perspectives from leading experts from both developed and developing countries, and also from a wide range of professionals in the field of law, medical ethics, education and medical leadership. Uniquely, it also looks at the views of patients and next-generation psychiatrists. It will be of interest to those involved in providing mental healthcare as well as those responsible for health policy initiatives and training.

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Reviewer: Steven T. Herron, MD (Assurance Health and Wellness)
Description: Written by authors from three continents (Australia, Europe, and North America), this book attempts to address the issues and challenges associated with the concept of professionalism in medicine and, in particular, the specialty of psychiatry.
Purpose: With an increasing focus in healthcare on all aspects of professionalism, the editors hope this work will provide a springboard for an open discussion about redefining the core values of psychiatry as a profession.
Audience: The editors target this book at "medical and psychiatric professionals," as well as "lay readers and other professionals" who are interested in these issues.
Features: Composed of chapters written by authors from various locations and different educational, cultural, and clinical experience, this short work spans topics from the cultural perspectives of professionalism to models for educating medical students and residents about ethics and professionalism. Though overwhelmingly a text-heavy book (and remarkably small font), there are a few diagrams and tables to illustrate specific points. Each chapter ends with a comprehensive list of current references.
Assessment: There is an ever-growing body of literature on the subject of professionalism in the practice of psychiatry. The challenge has been defining the topic and determining the most effective approaches for faculty to teach, and trainees to retain, the concepts. The challenge is complicated by the numerous players and competing influences involved in healthcare system. This work begins to address these challenges, although other recent books (Professionalism in Psychiatry, Gabbard, et al. (American Psychiatric Publishing, 2012)), tackle similar issues. This book offers a framework for virtually all aspects of professionalism, but lacks some of the usual aspects often found in these types of works, namely case examples, making it quite dry. However, like the evolving focus on professionalism in medicine, it is a good start.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521131766
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
12/31/2010
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.30(d)

Meet the Author

Dinesh Bhugra is Professor of Mental Health and Cultural Diversity, Health Service and Population Research Department, Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London, UK.

Amit Malik is Consultant Psychiatrist, Older People's Mental Health, Hampshire Partnership NHS Trust, UK.

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