The restructuring of psychiatric care in Latin America: a new policy for mental health services

J Public Health Policy. Spring 1994;15(1):71-85.


This article discusses the epidemiologic and programmatic bases for action as well as the political, historical and technical background for "The Initiative for Restructuring of Psychiatric Care in Latin America." It discusses also the broad implications of this health policy, the modus operandi of its implementation and monitoring, and the chief obstacles that it has encountered. Lastly, it briefly sketches the results obtained thus far.

MeSH terms

  • Female
  • Health Policy*
  • Humans
  • Latin America / epidemiology
  • Male
  • Mental Disorders / epidemiology
  • Mental Disorders / therapy*
  • Mental Health Services / organization & administration*
  • Mental Health Services / trends*
  • Pan American Health Organization
  • Prevalence