Aspects of in- and Out-Patient Care in Economically Underprivileged Countries

  • Jorge Alberto Costa e Silva


The economic, social, and political situation of underprivileged countries reflects on the medical care and on the educational process of their people. Therefore, when we speak about psychiatric care among the underprivileged, we will find certain elements peculiar to each culture and others which are common to underprivileged people everywhere. Naturally, the uneven distribution of income, social injustice, and great misery existing side by side with opulent wealth in these societies will have repercussions in psychiatric care. In these countries psychiatry is not a priority. More care is given to the undernourished and those suffering from infectocontagious illness and tropical diseases.


Social Welfare Psychiatric Care Social Injustice Mental Health Planning Mental Health Expert 
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  1. 1.
    Proposta elaborada pelo Conselho Consultivo da Administração de Saúde Previdenciária (CONASP) sobre: “Reorientação da Assistência Psiquiátrica Previdenciária” — Rio de Janeiro, Brasil, Dezembro de 1982.Google Scholar

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© Plenum Press, New York 1985

Authors and Affiliations

  • Jorge Alberto Costa e Silva
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  1. 1.Department of PsychiatryState University of Rio de JaneiroRio de Janeiro-RJBrazil

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