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Year : 2011  |  Volume : 12  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 73-78

The community psychiatry movement: Pros and cons

Tutor, Institute of Mental Health, Osmania Medical College, Hyderabad. Andhra Pradesh, India

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D Seshi Kumar
D. Flat 401, Tara Jagannath Heights, Lingampally, Narayanaguda, Hyderabad-500027. Andhra Pradesh
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Community mental health services support or treat people with mental health difficulties in a domiciliary setting, instead of a psychiatric hospital (asylum). This is a system of care in which the patient's community, not a psychiatric facility, is the primary provider of care. These services vary from country to country. The goal of community mental health services is much more than simply providing outpatient psychiatric treatment. The present article discusses the history, and the pros and cons of community psychiatry movement.

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