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Wake-up call for British psychiatry

Craddock, Nicholas John ORCID:, Antebi, Danny, Attenburrow, Mary Jane, Bailey, Anthony, Carson, Alan, Cowen, Phil, Craddock, Bridget, Eagles, John, Ebmeier, Klaus, Farmer, Anne, Fazel, Seena, Ferrier, Nicol, Geddes, John, Goodwin, Guy, Harrison, Paul, Hawton, Keith, Hunter, Stephen, Jacoby, Robyn, Jones, Ian Richard ORCID:, Keedwell, Paul Anthony, Kerr, Michael Patrick, Mackin, Paul, McGuffin, Peter, MacIntyre, Donald J., McConville, Pauline, Mountain, Deborah, O'Donovan, Michael Conlon ORCID:, Owen, Michael John ORCID:, Oyebode, Femi, Phillips, Mary Louise, Price, Jonathan, Shah, Prem, Smith, Danny J., Walters, JamesTynan Rhys ORCID:, Woodruff, Peter, Young, Allan and Zammit, Stanley ORCID: 2008. Wake-up call for British psychiatry. British Journal of Psychiatry 193 (1) , pp. 6-9. 10.1192/bjp.bp.108.053561

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The recent drive within the UK National Health Service to improve psychosocial care for people with mental illness is both understandable and welcome: evidence-based psychological and social interventions are extremely important in managing psychiatric illness. Nevertheless, the accompanying downgrading of medical aspects of care has resulted in services that often are better suited to offering non-specific psychosocial support, rather than thorough, broad-based diagnostic assessment leading to specific treatments to optimise well-being and functioning. In part, these changes have been politically driven, but they could not have occurred without the collusion, or at least the acquiescence, of psychiatrists. This creeping devaluation of medicine disadvantages patients and is very damaging to both the standing and the understanding of psychiatry in the minds of the public, fellow professionals and the medical students who will be responsible for the specialty’s future. On the 200th birthday of psychiatry, it is fitting to reconsider the specialty’s core values and renew efforts to use psychiatric skills for the maximum benefit of patients.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Medicine
MRC Centre for Neuropsychiatric Genetics and Genomics (CNGG)
Neuroscience and Mental Health Research Institute (NMHRI)
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0321 Neuroscience. Biological psychiatry. Neuropsychiatry
Publisher: Royal College of Psychiatrists
ISSN: 0007-1250
Last Modified: 05 Aug 2023 01:05

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