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Providing psychiatric services in general medical settings in South Africa: Mental health-friendly services in mental health-friendly hoaspitals

Margaretha S van Heerden, Linda Hering, Carol Dean, Dan J Stein
South African Journal of Psychiatry | Vol 14, No 1 | a81 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/sajpsychiatry.v14i1.81 | © 2008 Margaretha S van Heerden, Linda Hering, Carol Dean, Dan J Stein | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 09 April 2008 | Published: 01 March 2008

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Margaretha S van Heerden, Department of Health, Provincial Government of the Western Cape Department of Psychiatry, Stellenbosch University, South Africa
Linda Hering, Secondary, Tertiary and Emergency Services Division, Department of Health, Provincial Government of the Western Cape, South Africa
Carol Dean, Provincial Mental Health Programme, District Health Services Division, Department of Health, Provincial Government of the Western Cape, South Africa
Dan J Stein, Department of Psychiatry and Mental Health, University of Cape Town Department of Psychiatry, Stellenbosch University

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Abstract

Neuropsychiatric disorders rank high on the list of the mostdisabling medical disorders in both the developed anddeveloping worlds.1Significant comorbidity also exists betweenneuropsychiatric disorders and general medical disorders;2this iskey in the South African context where HIV/AIDS and substanceuse disorders are highly prevalent.3,4It has therefore becomeessential to provide mental health services in a range of settings,including those that focus on the delivery of general medicalservices. Furthermore, the Mental Health Care Act 17 of 2002underlines the importance of providing integrated, accessiblemental health care in the local community.

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