Como aprimorar a assistência à saúde mental de crianças e adolescentes brasileiros: Ações recomendadas para o sistema público

Translated title of the contribution: How to improve the mental health care of children and adolescents in Brazil: Actions needed in the public sector

Cristiane S. Paula, Edith Lauridsen-Ribeiro, Lawrence Wissow, Isabel A.S. Bordin, Sara Evans-Lacko

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Abstract

Introduction: Child/adolescent mental health (CAMH) problems are associated with high burden and high costs across the patient's lifetime. Addressing mental health needs early on can be cost effective and improve the future quality of life. Objective/Methods: Analyzing most relevant papers databases and policies, this paper discusses how to best address current gaps in CAMH services and presents strategies for improving access to quality care using existing resources. Results: The data suggest a notable scarcity of health services and providers to treat CAMH problems. Specialized services such as CAPSi (from Portuguese: Psychosocial Community Care Center for Children and Adolescents) are designed to assist severe cases; however, such services are insufficient in number and are unequally distributed. The majority of the population already has good access to primary care and further planning would allow them to become better equipped to address CAMH problems. Psychiatrists are scarce in the public health system, while psychologists and pediatricians are more available; but, additional specialized training in CAMH is recommended to optimize capabilities. Financial and career development incentives could be important drivers to motivate employment-seeking in the public health system. Conclusions: Although a long-term, comprehensive strategy addressing barriers to quality CAMH care is still necessary, implementation of these strategies could make.

Translated title of the contributionHow to improve the mental health care of children and adolescents in Brazil: Actions needed in the public sector
Original languagePortuguese
Pages (from-to)334-341
Number of pages8
JournalRevista Brasileira de Psiquiatria
Volume34
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2012

Keywords

  • Adolescent
  • Child
  • Community mental
  • Health services
  • Mental health
  • Primary health care

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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