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Psychiatr Clin North Am. 2017 Sep;40(3):565-574. doi: 10.1016/j.psc.2017.05.015.

International Emergency Psychiatry Challenges: Disaster Medicine, War, Human Trafficking, Displaced Persons.

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1
Department of Emergency Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine, 1504 Taub Loop, Houston, TX 77030, USA.
2
Massachusetts General Hospital, McLean Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Yawkey Center for Outpatient Care, 6A, 55 Fruit Street, Boston, MA 02114, USA.
3
Department of Psychiatry, Baylor College of Medicine, One Baylor Plaza, BCM350, Houston, TX 77030, USA.
4
Department of Emergency Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine, 1504 Taub Loop, Houston, TX 77030, USA. Electronic address: jmmackey@bcm.edu.

Abstract

Mental health disorders are a major cause of morbidity and a growing burden in low-income and middle-income countries; but there is little existing literature on the detailed epidemiology, diagnosis, and treatment in low-resource settings. Special situations with vulnerable populations, such as those created by international humanitarian emergencies, refugees or internally displaced people, and victims of human trafficking, are increasing in prevalence. These victims are often resettled in developed countries and come to the emergency department seeking care. To better care for these populations, knowledge of specialized psychosocial and cultural considerations should inform the comprehensive psychiatric assessment and treatment plan.

KEYWORDS:

Conflict; Disaster; Displaced persons; International psychiatry; Trafficking

PMID:
28800810
DOI:
10.1016/j.psc.2017.05.015
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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