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Psychiatry in Jamaica

  • Claire Hilton (a1)
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Jamaica has one large mental hospital. Recent developments in community care have reduced the number of in-patients. Most patients with serious psychiatric illness live in the community, supported by their families and nurses with some psychiatric training. Substance abuse is a major problem, and the suicide rate is reported to have risen recently.

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Psychiatry in Jamaica

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