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Aust Fam Physician. 2005 Apr;34(4):259-64.

Managing mental illness in patients from CALD backgrounds.

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Department of General Practice, Monash University, Victoria. litza.kiropoulos@med.monash.edu.au

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Australian general practitioners are often the first point of call for people seeking mental health care including those from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds, some of whom may be more at risk of having a mental illness but are failing to access the appropriate mental health care.

OBJECTIVE:

This article is intended to assist GPs in the recognition, diagnosis and management of mental illness in patients from CALD backgrounds by providing current research evidence and presenting some practical recommendations. More attention is paid to the larger CALD populations such as the southern European and Asian communities, and does not deal with indigenous Australians.

DISCUSSION:

There is an increasing call for GPs to have a key role in the detection, diagnosis and management of mental illness, including for patients from CALD backgrounds. Effective care requires that GPs are aware of, and understand how culture may influence recognition, diagnosis and management of mental illness in this group of patients.

PMID:
15861748
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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