WPA guidance on mental health and mental health care in migrants

Bhugra, D. and Gupta, S. and Bhui, K. and Craig, T. and Dogra, N. and Ingleby, J.D. and Kirkbride, J. and Moussaoui, D. and Nazroo, J. and Qureshi, A. and Stompe, T. and Tribe, Rachel (2011) ‘WPA guidance on mental health and mental health care in migrants’, World Psychiatry, 10(1), pp. 2-10.

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The WPA is committed to promote equity in the access to mental health services for persons of different age, gender, race/ethnicity, religion and socioeconomic status. As part of this commitment, the Association decided to devote one of the guidances to be developed within its Action Plan 2008-2011 (1,2) to mental health and mental health care in migrants. A Task Force was appointed for this purpose, which produced the present document. Mental health practitioners work in an increasingly multicultural world, shaped by the migrations of people of many different cultural, racial and ethnic backgrounds. People migrate for many reasons: political, socioeconomic and educational. The diversity of cultures, ethnicity, races and reasons for migration can make understanding experiences of illness challenging in migrants whose background differs significantly from the clinician. Culture has an important role in the presentation of distress and illness, and cultural differences impact upon the diagnosis and treatment of migrant populations in part due to linguistic, religious and social variation from the clinician providing care. Additionally, it appears that the incidence and prevalence of mental disorders varies among people of different cultural backgrounds, due to an interplay of biological, psychological and social factors. The provision of health care is necessarily influenced by the demands of people of many different cultures, and it is important that cultural differences be appreciated and understood to arrive at a correct diagnostic impression and treatment plan.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Citation: Bhugra, D., Gupta, S., Bhui, K., Craig, T., Dogra, N., Ingleby, J., Kirkbride, J., Moussaoui, D., Nazroo, J., Qureshi, A., Stompe, T. and Tribe, R. (2011) 'WPA guidance on mental health and mental health care in migrants',World Psychiatry, 10(1), pp. 2-10..
Divisions: Schools > Psychology, School of
Depositing User: Mr Stephen Grace
Date Deposited: 03 Apr 2012 10:24
Last Modified: 09 Aug 2013 10:35
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10552/1513

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