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Ahmed, Mohamed and Dineen, Brendan and O'Brien, Sinead and Carney, PA (2011) Sociodemographic profile and mental health needs of referrals to an Irish psychiatric service: a transcultural perspective. Irish Journal of Psychological Medicine , 28 , (3) , pp. 141-144.


 Objectives: This study describes the social, demographic and clinical characteristics of all the new referrals in a mental health catchment area. This study aims to compare Irish and non-Irish service users in terms of their mental health needs and service utilization.

Method: Case notes were reviewed retrospectively to investigate demographic, clinical and service utilization parameters among new referrals to the psychiatric services in Galway, Ireland over a six-month period.

Results: One hundred and fifty-four new referrals, of whom 41 were non-Irish, presented over a six-month period. Results showed no difference between Irish and non-Irish service users in terms of socio-demographic variables. Alcohol problems and subsequent need for detoxification and counselling were significantly higher among service users from the new EU accession states with a significant impact on the duration of their hospital stay and the need for intensive psychiatric care.

Conclusions: There is an urgent need for enhanced resources for the delivery of mental healthcare to immigrants. Service utilisation and mental health needs are not explained merely by illness-related aspects in immigrant service users. Social and cultural factors have to be recognised in order to prevent disadvantages in psychiatric care

Item Type
Article
Publication Type
Irish-related, Article
Drug Type
All substances
Date
2011
Page Range
pp. 141-144
Publisher
Medmedia Group
Volume
28
Number
3
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