Practical Solutions for Problems in Psychosocial Rehabilitation in Developing Countries

  • M. Parameshvara Deva


In the developing countries of the world, the level of psychiatric care varies widely. In some countries, there are rudimentary services such as a mental hospital with a few psychiatrists. Others have more elaborate networks of clinics with several hospitals and dozens of psychiatrists. Yet others are at the other end of the scale, often with one or two psychiatrists caring for all the mentally ill in the country. How the latter can cope is often beyond the imagination of most psychiatrists in the developed world. Unfortunately, this state of affairs continues even in this day and age. What are the reasons for this and other ills that psychiatry faces in developing countries and is there anything that can be done?


Occupational Therapist Personality Disorder Psychiatric Care Mental Hospital Psychiatric Rehabilitation 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1985

Authors and Affiliations

  • M. Parameshvara Deva
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  1. 1.Department of Psychological Medicine, Faculty of MedicineUniversity of MalayaKuala LumpurMalaysia

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