Are Community-Based Psychiatric Services Essential to Mental Health?

Research Paper Title

The Relationship Between Hospital and Community Psychiatry: Complements, Not Substitutes?

Background

Community-based psychiatric services are essential to mental health.

For decades, researchers, advocates, and policy makers have presumed that expanding the supply of these services hinges on reducing the supply of hospital-based care.

Cross-national data from the World Health Organisation call this presumption into question.

Community and hospital psychiatry appear to be complements, not substitutes.

Reference

Perera, I.M. (2020) The Relationship Between Hospital and Community Psychiatry: Complements, Not Substitutes? Psychiatric Services (Washington, D.C.). doi: 10.1176/appi.ps.201900086. [Epub ahead of print].

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