A new research article by Dr. Yesim Tozan, Clinical Associate Professor of Global Health with New York University College of Global Public Health was published in Plos One, ”Economic Burden of Caregiving for Persons With Severe Mental Illness in Sub-Saharan Africa: A Systematic Review”.
According to the article, over the past two decades, the focus of mental health care has shifted from institutionalisation to community-based programs and short hospital stays. This change means that there is an increased role for caregivers, mostly family members, in managing persons with mental illness. Although there is evidence to support the benefits of deinstitutionalisation of mental health care, there are also indications of substantial burden experienced by caregivers; the evidence of which is limited in sub-Saharan Africa. However, knowledge of the nature and extent of this burden can inform the planning of mental health services that will not only benefit patients, but also caregivers and households.
Read and download Dr. Tozan’s article.