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Mental health care and the big IT: A personal view

  • Gyles R. Glover (a1)
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When I was at school the big IT everyone talked about, some explored avidly and others shunned nervously was sex. In psychiatry today, as in so many other fields IT is information technology. This article is a polemic. I believe IT (the new sort) is indispensable for modern mental health care. In the British National Health Service we have a window of opportunity to get IT right and if clinicians fail to act decisively and quickly, there isa risk that the chance will be lost.

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BJPsych Bulletin
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  • EISSN: 1472-1473
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Mental health care and the big IT: A personal view

  • Gyles R. Glover (a1)
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