Standards for the mental health care of people with severe psychiatric disorders in South Africa: Part 1. Conceptual issues

  • Lauren Muller Department of Psychiatry and Mental Health, University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa
  • Alan J Flisher Department of Psychiatry and Mental Health, University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa

Abstract

Part one describes conceptual issues underlying the development of South African standards for people with severe psychiatric disorders. Mental health care standards seek to describe what is an acceptable and adequate quality of mental health care for service users. A focus on service quality is especially crucial in resource constraint contexts. Standards are essential tools for quality assurance, advocacy and rights protection, capacity and management development and dialogue. They should be appropriate, useful and patient-centred, and operationalise local policy and legislation. Mental health standards are a challenge to define, and need to combine both a consumer and rights based approach. International and local standards and views were adapted and included in order to develop these standards which should be applicable, measurable and gradable across all South African contexts.

Keywords: standards, mental health care, South Africa, conceptual

South African Psychiatry Review Vol. 8(4) 2005: 140-145
Published
2006-04-25
Section
Articles

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