"…a necessary item in any list of readings…" (Human Nature Review, 15 October 2002)
"…in each chapter there is the sense of the author’s individual voice conveying a wealth of experience and judgement…" (British Journal of Psychiatry, May 2003)
Psychiatry in Society provides an overview of the recent socio-economic and cultural changes affecting mental health and mental health care.
These changes include:
The increasing complexity of the economic contexts within which mental health services are funded and delivered
The demand for cost-effectiveness evidence
The rationing of access to new pharmacotherapies and psychotherapies
The emergence of quality of life as an essential criterion in the assessment of health care interventions
The growing awareness of the influence of stigma on shaping the long-term course of severe mental disorders
The enhanced role of advocacy groups in providing information, advice and support to sufferers
This book will be of interest to psychiatrists and psychologists, mental health workers, managers and policy makers.