The pathways to the first contact with mental health service among patients with schizophrenia in Lagos, Nigeria. ,

The pathways to the first contact with mental health service among patients with schizophrenia in Lagos, Nigeria. ,

Author by Dr. Increase Adeosun

Journal/Publisher: Schizophrenia Research And Treatment

Volume/Edition: 2013

Language: English

Pages: 1 - 8

Abstract

There is increasing evidence that delay in the commencement of treatment, following the onset of schizophrenia, may be related to
the pathways patients navigate before accessing mental health care.Therefore, insight into the pattern and correlates of pathways
to mental care of patients with schizophrenia may inform interventions that could fast track their contact with mental health
professionals and reduce the duration of untreated psychosis.This study assessed the pathways tomental health care among patients
with schizophrenia (???? = 138), at their first contact with mental health services at the Federal Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital Yaba
Lagos, Nigeria. Traditional and religious healers were the first contact for the majority (69%) of the patients. Service users who first
contacted nonorthodox healers made a greater number of contacts in the course of seeking help, eventuating in a longer duration
of untreated psychosis (???? < 0> was shorter in patients who patronized nonorthodox practitioners.The findings suggest that collaboration between orthodox and
nonorthodox health services could facilitate the contact of patients with schizophrenia with appropriate treatment, thereby reducing
the duration of untreated psychosis. The need for public mental health education is also indicated.


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