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How to improve the mental health care of children and adolescents in Brazil: actions needed in the public sector

Paula, Cristiane S., Lauridsen-Ribeiro, Edith, Wissow, Lawrence, Bordin, Isabel A.S. and Evans-Lacko, Sara ORCID: 0000-0003-4691-2630 (2012) How to improve the mental health care of children and adolescents in Brazil: actions needed in the public sector. Revista Brasileira de Psiquiatria, 34 (3). pp. 334-351. ISSN 1516-4446

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Identification Number: 10.1016/j.rbp.2012.04.001


INTRODUCTION: Child/adolescent mental health (CAMH) problems are associated with high burden and high costs across the patient's lifetime. Addressing mental health needs early on can be cost effective and improve the future quality of life. OBJECTIVE/METHODS: Analyzing most relevant papers databases and policies, this paper discusses how to best address current gaps in CAMH services and presents strategies for improving access to quality care using existing resources. RESULTS: The data suggest a notable scarcity of health services and providers to treat CAMH problems. Specialized services such as CAPSi (from Portuguese: Psychosocial Community Care Center for Children and Adolescents) are designed to assist severe cases; however, such services are insufficient in number and are unequally distributed. The majority of the population already has good access to primary care and further planning would allow them to become better equipped to address CAMH problems. Psychiatrists are scarce in the public health system, while psychologists and pediatricians are more available; but, additional specialized training in CAMH is recommended to optimize capabilities. Financial and career development incentives could be important drivers to motivate employment-seeking in the public health system. CONCLUSIONS: Although a long-term, comprehensive strategy addressing barriers to quality CAMH care is still necessary, implementation of these strategies could make.

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Additional Information: © 2012 The Authors
Divisions: Personal Social Services Research Unit
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine
Date Deposited: 07 Aug 2015 13:31
Last Modified: 05 Feb 2024 04:12

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