Clinical Topics in Cultural Psychiatry

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Cultural factors play a very important role in the way psychiatric symptoms are presented to clinicians and how clinicians deal with them. This book offers practical advice on the topic for the individual mental health practitioner. It provides an overview of cultural factors in the causation and management of mental health problems and an introduction to cultural competency training for healthcare professionals (now required for all National Health Service staff by the Department of Health). Topics include: cross-cultural psychiatric assessment; intellectual disability and ethnicity; cultural aspects of eating disorder; Black and minority ethnic issues in forensic psychiatry; treatment of victims of trauma; and ethnic and cultural factors in psychopharmacology. Practising clinicians and other mental health professionals will find this introduction extremely useful in ensuring that clinical teams work together effectively and provide optimal care for their patients, irrespective of ethnicity, culture or religion. Previous versions of 23 of the chapters have been published in the College's journal Advances in Psychiatric Treatment.
These have now been extensively updated, plus six chapters have been newly commissioned for this book.
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