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Transcultural psychiatric assessment

Authors
Journal
Medicine
1357-3039
Publisher
Elsevier
Volume
40
Issue
11
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/j.mpmed.2012.08.008
Keywords
  • Assessment
  • Black And Ethnic Minorities
  • Cultural Identity
  • Help-Seeking
  • Mental State
  • Migration
Disciplines
  • Medicine
  • Psychology
  • Religious Science

Abstract

Abstract Black and ethnic minority groups need special consideration in terms of their mental healthcare. They often present with different idioms of distress and pathways to care. Culture strongly influences presentation, help-seeking and therapeutic alliance. Clinicians dealing with black and ethnic minority groups must therefore use a culturally appropriate approach. This article highlights some of the factors clinicians must be aware of and makes recommendations regarding assessment and management. Assessment must take account factors including primary language, religion, cultural identity and, where applicable, migration history.

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