Tackling the Global Mental Health Challenge: A Psychosomatic Medicine/Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry Perspective

Amy Bauer, Kenneth Fielke, John Brayley, Mesfin Araya, Atalay Alem, Bernard Frankel, Gregory Fricchione

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    Abstract

    Background: Consultation-liaison (C-L) psychiatry, informed by principles of psychosomatic medicine, is well-positioned to address the global impact of mental disorders through primary care C-L models. Objective/Method: The authors review the international burden of mental disorders, highlighting medical comorbidity, undertreatment, and the rationale for enhancing primary-care management. Results: C-L psychiatry fosters the skills required for global mental health work. The authors describe successful C-L models developed in a low-income country (Ethiopia) and an under-resourced region of a high-income country (Australia). Conclusion: C-L psychiatrists have the potential to marshal their unique skill-set to reduce the global burden of mental disorders.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)185-193
    Number of pages9
    JournalPsychosomatics
    Volume51
    Issue number3
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2010

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    Bauer, A., Fielke, K., Brayley, J., Araya, M., Alem, A., Frankel, B., & Fricchione, G. (2010). Tackling the Global Mental Health Challenge: A Psychosomatic Medicine/Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry Perspective. Psychosomatics, 51(3), 185-193. https://doi.org/10.1176/appi.psy.51.3.185