n African Journal of Psychiatry - Should state sector community psychiatry be hospital based? A local, and personal, perspective : editorial

Volume 13, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1994-8220



Most psychiatrists acknowledge that community psychiatry is a critical component of any comprehensive package of psychiatric care. Yet few of them choose to devote their careers to working in a community setting within the state sector. Many psychiatrists work in the private sector and one might say that private practices are to some extent community clinics insofar as they provide an out-patient setting for care in the community. Of course such a community may extend beyond the geographical confines of the practice and there is often in-patient work beyond the out-patient component. Moreover such a setting allows for greater autonomy.

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