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Assessment of community mental health centres in Bosnia and Herzegovina as part of the ongoing mental health reform.

Authors
  • Lagerkvist, Bengt
  • Maglajlic, R A
  • Puratic, V
  • Susic, A
  • Jacobsson, Lars
Type
Published Article
Journal
Medicinski arhiv
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2003
Volume
57
Issue
1
Pages
31–38
Identifiers
PMID: 12693344
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

In summary it seems reasonable to state that around 5000 individual service users are visiting the CMHCs in Bosnia and Herzegovina during one week. Approximately 60% of them have mental health problems, around 25% come for non mental medical disorders and around 15% are healthy and come for check ups or certificates. The average CMHC cater for about 65,000 inhabitants with a staff of one psychiatrist, three nurses and 0.7 psychologist and social worker respectively. Most of them have training for tasks within mental health services. The progress of the mental health reform is positive with more CMHCs opened, and basically staffed with trained personnel. They offer a variety of services practiced with a modern strategy. Most personnel has changed their attitudes to mental health itself and the relevant service provision and hence devoted to implement the mental health reform. They would like to have more influence on decision making and present constructive suggestions for future service and policy improvements. The service users are almost all of them very satisfied with the service provided.

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