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Mental health services: indigenous models of care in the community

Anna Tharyan

DOI: 10.20529/IJME.2008.026


Measures of mental health services, including rehabilitation initiatives, have been pronounced to be inadequate the world over. Indicators such as mental health policy or legislation, financing of mental health care, availability of community mental health services, mental hospital beds, general hospital psychiatry beds and numbers of mental health professionals indicate a worse situation in low-income as compared to high- and middle-income countries. There has been some improvement in the situation between 2001 and 2004. However financial, infrastructural and human resources remain inadequate.

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