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A training experience to remember: working in Ghana

  • Norman Poole (a1) and Peter Hughes (a2)
Abstract
Aims and Method

As part of a pilot project, one of the authors spent 3 months undertaking clinical work, teaching and research in a large psychiatric hospital in Accra, Ghana. the other acted as a UK-based mentor. Both report on the training value of the experience.

Results

It was possible to assimilate into the local healthcare system and effect some modest but sustainable changes. the experience broadened the trainee's understanding of psychiatry, cultural influences and healthcare systems, while also developing autonomy and resilience.

Clinical Implications

The post is now an option available to trainees on the rotation. Projects in training and service delivery to benefit the host institution have been identified.

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1 Crisp, N. Global Health Partnerships: the UK Contribution to Health in Developing Countries. COI, 2007 (http://www.dfid.gov.uk/pubs/files/ghp.pdf).
2 Asuni, T, Schoenberg, F, Swift, C. Mental Health and Disease in Africa. Spectrum Books, 1994.
3 Ewusi-Mensah, I. Post colonial psychiatric care in Ghana. Psychiatr Bull 2001; 25: 228–9.
4 Quinn, N. Beliefs and community responses to mental illness in Ghana: the experiences of family carers. Int J Soc Psychiatry 2007; 53: 175–88.
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BJPsych Bulletin
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A training experience to remember: working in Ghana

  • Norman Poole (a1) and Peter Hughes (a2)
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