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WHO issues mental health intervention guide to scale up care in poor countries

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: (Published 13 October 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c5679
  1. John Zarocostas
  1. 1Geneva

The World Health Organization has issued new guidelines to simplify the diagnosis and treatment of mental, neurological, and substance use disorders in non-specialised health settings in an effort to scale up care for millions of people who currently receive no care.

The manual is aimed at primary health care providers in poorly resourced countries and includes guidance on evidence based interventions to identify and manage several priority conditions, including depression, psychosis, bipolar disorders, epilepsy and seizures, and dementia.

It also covers behavioural and developmental disorders, alcohol and drug use disorders, and suicide. …

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