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Recent Developments in the Grenada Mental Health Program
F. David Fisher; Ezra E. H. Griffith; George E. Mahy
Psychiatric Services 1988; doi:
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Division of inpatient services of the Connecticut, Mental Health Center, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, Connecticut

Connecticut Mental Health Center, Yale University School of Medicine

University of the West Indies, Barbados

© 1988 by the American Psychiatric Association

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The activities of a multidisciplinary team of mental health professionals during their initial year of work to upgrade the mental health system in the English-speaking Caribbean nation of Grenada are described. Improvement of services at the island's only psychiatric hospital received top priority. The team belped Grenadian staff to sharpen basic techniques ofactive treatment, which included assessment of psychiatric symptoms, development of treatment plans, and intervention with patients. Maintenance of medical records was improved, procedures for medication and seclusion were standardized, weekly ward rounds were routinized, and regular staff meetings were urged. Among the obstacles faced by the team in implementing these changes were staffs delayed acceptance of col laborative interdisciplinary team work, as well as shortages of money and personnel.

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