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Decolonising the medical curriculum: psychiatry faces particular challenges

Bracken, P; Fernando, S; Alsaraf, S; Creed, M; Double, D; Gilberthorpe, T; Hassan, R; ... Timimi, S; + view all (2021) Decolonising the medical curriculum: psychiatry faces particular challenges. Anthropology & Medicine 10.1080/13648470.2021.1949892. (In press).

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Abstract

Colonial thinking runs deep in psychiatry. Recent anti-racist statements from the APA and RCPsych are to be welcomed. However, we argue that if it is to really tackle deep-seated racism and decolonise its curriculum, the discipline will need to critically interrogate the origins of some of its fundamental assumptions, values and priorities. This will not be an easy task. By its very nature, the quest to decolonise is fraught with contradictions and difficulties. However, we make the case that this moment presents an opportunity for psychiatry to engage positively with other forms of critical reflection on structures of power/knowledge in the field of mental health. We propose a number of paths along which progress might be made.

Type: Article
Title: Decolonising the medical curriculum: psychiatry faces particular challenges
DOI: 10.1080/13648470.2021.1949892
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1080/13648470.2021.1949892
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher's terms and conditions.
Keywords: Racism, decolonisation, critical thinking, psychiatry, curriculum
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Division of Psychiatry
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10131767
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