n Mental Health Matters - Partnership in mental health care delivery : guest editorial
|Article Title||Partnership in mental health care delivery : guest editorial|
|© Publisher:||In House Publications|
|Journal||Mental Health Matters|
|Affiliations||1 African Association of Psychiatrists and Allied Professions (AAPAP)|
|Publication Date||May 2015|
Delivery of mental health care imposes a number of obligations to all professionals who are trained to do so. The first commitment is respect for the mentally ill and a concerted effort to provide the best care possible. This leads to a principle of parity in health care delivery; recognising and accepting that mental illness is the same as physical illness in terms of the need to assess professionally (and also that the two are related); making a diagnosis based on facts and guided by existing diagnostic criteria; prescribing medications that will reduce the morbidity and mortality associated with the illness; and making sure that relevant information is given to the patients and the caregivers about the illness.
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