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Community-Psychiatry and Public-Mental-Health: are they the same?

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A question was raised from the audience during a symposium@WASP 2016, about the relation between the existing community and social psychiatry specialization in academic psychiatry and the emerging specialization of public-mental-health.

Are the two compatible? Will there be conflict?

 It was well answered by the speaker who had earlier in his talk had called for inclusion of public-mental-health specialization in psychiatric training.

He said community psychiatry has more of clinical involvement i.e it is not just about providing medical care in the community but also involving in daycare, halfway homes, residential homes, rehabilitation etc; while public-mental-health is more conceptually involved i.e about epidemiology, effect of funding priorities on service delivery and outcomes. Thus its focus on funding/resources will basically provide the support for the clinically involved community psychiatry – i.e it will provide the ammunition. There is synergy in that way though there are these distinctions.

They are not the same, he said.

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