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Mental health care: perceptions of people with schizophrenia and their carers

Wagner, LC; Geidel, AR; Torres-Gonzalez, F; King, MB; (2011) Mental health care: perceptions of people with schizophrenia and their carers. CIENC SAUDE COLETIVA , 16 (4) 2077- 2087. Green open access

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Abstract

The current study aims to discover the opinions of patients and their (informal and formal) carers concerning the mental health care of individuals with long term schizophrenic disorders within different contexts and cultures. It's a qualitative study with focus groups, in which 6 research centers (from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Spain, England and Venezuela) participated. Eight focus groups were conducted in each center, totaling 303 individuals in 46 groups. The data were analyzed with the aid of the Qualitative Solutions and Research/Non-numerical Unstructured Data Indexing program (QSR NUD*IST 4.0). The perception regarding the quality of care is influenced by the professional-patient relationship and the availability of resources. Poor quality of care is also perceived as discrimination. People with schizophrenia in general consider themselves to be ostracized by professionals and services and lacking in more humanized care. In the contexts in which community care is less advanced, the complaints center on resources and services that do not meet demands. On the other hand, in more developed contexts criticism centers more on the attitude of the professionals and the professional-patient relationship. Over and above the need for resources and services, people with schizophrenia require more humanized health care.

Type: Article
Title: Mental health care: perceptions of people with schizophrenia and their carers
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: http://www.scielo.br/scielo.php?pid=1413-8123&scri...
Language: Spanish
Additional information: All the contents of Ciência & Saúde Coletiva, except where otherwise noted, is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License (CC-BY).
Keywords: Mental health care, Schizophrenia, Stigma, general-practice consultations, illness, time
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
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/1309788
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