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Mental health services for ethnic minorities 

Mental health services for ethnic minorities
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Mental health services for ethnic minorities
Author(s):

Tom K. J. Craig

and Dinesh Bhugra

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199696758.003.0192
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date: 25 August 2019

The diagnosis and treatment of mental ill health among multiethnic populations is probably one of the most complex and contentious challenges in psychiatric service provision. At the heart of this complexity are problems of ignorance, attitude, and failures of communication on all sides. It is also potentially one of the most rewarding endeavours if got right. No one service model is likely to apply to every community, even if people belong to the same ethnic group. The development of specialist psychiatric services may not always be possible or even essential. Instead, the requirements are for approaches that are flexible, sensitive, accessible, and accountable to the people they serve.

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