Mental health care for the elderly in low-income countries: a health systems approach

Prince, M. and Livingston, G. and Katona, C. (2007) Mental health care for the elderly in low-income countries: a health systems approach. World Psychiatry, 6 (1). pp. 5-13. ISSN 1723-8617. (The full text of this publication is not available from this repository)

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Abstract

Future development of services for older people needs to be tailored to suit the health systems context. Low-income countries lack the economic and human capital to contemplate widespread introduction of specialist services. The most cost-effective way to manage people with dementia will be through supporting, educating and advising family caregivers. The next level of care to be prioritized would be respite care, both in day centres and in residential or nursing homes. An important prerequisite to improving care for older persons is to create a climate that fosters such advances. Better awareness is a necessary precondition for appropriate help-seeking, and lack of awareness is a public health problem for which population level interventions are needed.

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Uncontrolled keywords: elderly; mental health care; low-income countries; health systems approach; awareness; family caregivers
Subjects: R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0321 Neuroscience. Biological psychiatry. Neuropsychiatry
Divisions: Faculties > Science Technology and Medical Studies > Kent Institute of Medicine and Health Sciences (KIMHS)
Depositing User: M.P. Stone
Date Deposited: 04 Aug 2008 10:57
Last Modified: 04 Aug 2008 10:57
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/12237 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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