Current changes in legislation regarding prescription rights increase the possibility of non-medical practitioners being authorised to prescribe medication.
There has been ongoing debate about granting psycholgists in South Africa a limited right to prescribe (RTP) psychotropic medication.
The main reasons advanced for granting psychologists RTP include the advantage of delivering intergtrated treatments, with psychologists well placed to offer such treatments, and the shortage of mental health practitioners in South Africa.
If psychologists were granted the RTP they would have to undergo extensive training in psychopharmacology.
Curricula for such training are currently being prepared with the help of the American Psychological Assocation.
But there is also considerable opposition to psychologists being granted the RTP, both from within psychology and from other quarters.
Opposition from outside psychology is based largely and safety considerations relating to lack of relevant training among psychologists.
Opposition from within psychology is based on a concern about the loss of the distinctive contribution of psychology to mental health care in South Africa.
Various aspects of this debate are examined in this paper.
Mots-clés Pascal : Psychologue, Droit, Prescription, Homme, République Sud Africaine, Afrique, Psychotrope, Chimiothérapie, Débat
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Psychologist, Right, Prescription, Human, South Africa(Republic), Africa, Psychotropic, Chemotherapy, Debate
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 99-0140730
Code Inist : 002B30A09. Création : 16/11/1999.