The aim of this review is to analyse mental health services in the Western Cape.
The distribution of mental health services across inpatient, outpatient and community settings, and their utilisation according to age and racial categories, are examined.
The results indicate that the bed to population ratio for the Western Cape is approximately 61 : 100 000.
High bed occupancy levels suggest that even though this ratio is higher than for the rest of the country, there is no overprovision of beds for psychiatric patients.
Staff to patient ratios are discussed.
An analysis of admission data suggests that there is a largely equitable utilisation of inpatient psychiatric services according to racial grouping. inequities in the provision and utilisation of outpatient and community services were identified and point towards the need to develop services which are accessible to black patients.
The findings also suggest that psychiatric services for children and adolescents are underprovided.
Implications for the planning of mental health services are briefly discussed.
Mots-clés Pascal : Psychiatrie, Homme, République Sud Africaine, Afrique, Organisation hospitalière
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Psychiatry, Human, South Africa, Africa, Hospital organization
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 97-0545213
Code Inist : 002B30A04D. Création : 24/03/1998.