Psychiatry in Society / Edition 1

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Psychiatry in Society provides an overview of the recent socio-economic and cultural changes affecting mental health and mental health care.

These changes include:
* The increasing complexity of the economic contexts within which mental health services are funded and delivered
* The demand for cost-effectiveness evidence
* The rationing of access to new pharmacotherapies and psychotherapies
* The emergence of quality of life as an essential criterion in the assessment of health care interventions
* The growing awareness of the influence of stigma on shaping the long-term course of severe mental disorders
* The enhanced role of advocacy groups in providing information, advice and support to sufferers
This book will be of interest to psychiatrists and psychologists, mental health workers, managers and policy makers.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"...a necessary item in any list of readings..." (Human Nature Review, 15 October 2002)

"…in each chapter there is the sense of the author’s individual voice conveying a wealth of experience and judgement…" (British Journal of Psychiatry, May 2003)

From The Critics
Each of the 11 contributions in this volume deals with the interaction between psychiatry and a particular set of social factors. Based in part on presentations delivered at the 11th World Congress on Psychiatry, the papers explore the impact of medical ideology on psychiatric care, the influence of changes in health care systems on mental health care, and the legal, ethical, and economic contexts of care. Other topics include mental health problems in refugees, the mental health consequences of disasters, and messages spread by the mass media. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471496823
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/30/2002
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.31 (h) x 0.86 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Contributors.


The Impact of Sociocultural and Economic Changes on Psychiatry (Leon Eisenberg ).

Changes in Health Care Systems and Their Impact on Mental Health Care (Heinz Hafner).

Globalization and Mental Health (Glyn Lewis and Ricardo Araya).

The Impact of Legislation on Mental Health Policy (Jose M. Bertolote, Jose G. Taborda, Julio Arboleda-Florez and Francisco Torres).

The New Ethical Context of Psychiatry (Ahmed Okasha).

Community Mental Health Care: Promises and Pitfalls (Paul Bebbington, Sonia Johnson and Graham Thornicroft).

Quality of Life: A New Dimension in Mental Heath Care (Heinz Katsching and Monika Krautgartner).

Mental Health Problems in Refugees (Benedetto Saraceno, Shekhar Saxena and Pallab K. Maulik).

The Homeless Mentally Ill (Viviane Kovess).

Mental Health Consequences of Disasters (Evelyn J. Bromet and Johan M. Havenaar).

Mass Media and Psychiatry (Olga Cuenca).



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