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EPA guidance on the role and responsibilities of psychiatrists

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  16 April 2020

D. Bhugra*
Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, King's College London, London, UK
A. Ventriglio
Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, University of Foggia, Foggia, Italy
M.R. Kuzman
Department of Psychiatry, Zagreb University Hospital Centre, Zagreb, Croatia
G. Ikkos
St Ann's Hospital, London, UK
M.H.-M. Hermans
Kinder-en Jeugdpsychiater, Mechelen, 9100 Sint-NIklaas, Belgium
P. Falkai
University of Munich, Munich, Germany
A. Fiorillo
Department of Psychiatry, University of Naples, Naples, Italy
M. Musalek
Anton-Proksch Institute, Vienna, Austria
C. Hoschl
Prague Psychiatric Centre, Prague, Czech Republic
J. Dales
FY2 Trainee, University of Leicester, Leicester, UK
J. Beezhold
Hellesdon Hospital, Norwich, UK
W. Rössler
University of Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland
G. Racetovic
Centar za Mentalino Zdravlje, Prijedor, Bosnia and Herzegovina
W. Gaebel
Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, Medical Faculty, Heinrich-Heine-University, Düsseldorf, Germany
*Corresponding author at: King's College of London, Institute of Psychiatry, PO25, Health Service & Population Research Department, IDe Crespigny Park, London SE5 8AF, United Kingdom. E-mail (D. Bhugra).
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Psychiatry is that branch of the medical profession, which deals with the origin, diagnosis, prevention, and management of mental disorders or mental illness, emotional and behavioural disturbances. Thus, a psychiatrist is a trained doctor who has received further training in the field of diagnosing and managing mental illnesses, mental disorders and emotional and behavioural disturbances. This EPA Guidance document was developed following consultation and literature searches as well as grey literature and was approved by the EPA Guidance Committee. The role and responsibilities of the psychiatrist include planning and delivering high quality services within the resources available and to advocate for the patients and the services. The European Psychiatric Association seeks to rise to the challenge of articulating these roles and responsibilities. This EPA Guidance is directed towards psychiatrists and the medical profession as a whole, towards other members of the multidisciplinary teams as well as to employers and other stakeholders such as policy makers and patients and their families.

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