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Psychiatry in Society


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.
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).


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

" 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)