This book places modern mental health services in their historical context, describes the range of methods and programs used to provide such services, and emphasizes integration between service components and the use of multi-disciplinary teams. It provides an introduction to the basic knowledge underlying the practice of modern community psychiatry in epidemiology, administration, and mental health services research.
Community psychiatry does not deal only with the interaction between a patient and a doctor, but with the system of services and interactions that is needed to treat a variety of patients and to provide long-term care, support and rehabilitation. Modern community psychiatry is pragmatic; it measures its success in cost effectiveness rather than by fidelity to any theoretical model. It stresses interdisciplinary teamwork and involvement of consumers. These lessons are now being applied in the
private sector as better organised, managed systems of care are evolving.
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Number of pages: 444
Weight: 838 g
Dimensions: 241 x 170 x 27 mm
"An excellent textbook for use by anyone in the field of mental health. It would be particularly useful to researchers and administrators interested in an overview of the history and development of the field of mental health....It is the kind of textbook that one keeps close at hand as a basic reference to return to often."--Doody's Health Sciences Book Review
"The volume edited by Breakey, Integrated Mental Health Services, may be described...as a handbook for community psychiatrists, for it contains discussions of a variety of treatment approaches that clinicians with limited experience in the field will find instructive....Integrated Mental Health Services contains a great deal of important information about some of the programatic concepts that support the practice of community
"In concept and in practice, community psychiatry has resided in the public sector. The dynamics of managed care, however, influence both the public domain and that of private practice. This book provides useful discussions of their integration; in addition, its historical perspective is very helpful as a framework for understanding the evolution of public policy, private practice, and public systems of care for the mentally ill....Its coverage of the
approaches in modern community psychiatry, from institutionalization to deinstitutionalization, and of linkages between different community-based services, is very thorough. More contemporary issues, including
dual diagnosis, homelessness, AIDS, and the elderly, are also discussed in detail."--Readings: A Journal of Reviews and Commentary in Mental Health