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20 - Global Health and Mental Health Care Delivery in Low-Resource Settings

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  22 July 2021

Audrey Walker
Affiliation:
Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York
Steven Schlozman
Affiliation:
Harvard Medical School
Jonathan Alpert
Affiliation:
Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York
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Summary

Mental and neurological disorders present a significant burden of illness globally, with profound shortages of trained human resources, inadequate financing for mental health care delivery systems, and a lack of robust social and legal protections for people living with mental disorders. In low- and middle-income countries, the gap between the burden of illness and available treatments is especially acute, with a significant proportion of the world’s population having little to no access to formal mental health and neurological services. This chapter provides an overview of challenges and opportunities for global health and mental health care delivery, with a focus on innovative care delivery solutions.

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Introduction to Psychiatry
Preclinical Foundations and Clinical Essentials
, pp. 486 - 496
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2021

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