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Global Mental Health Ethics

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Lingua: Inglese


Pubblicazione: 05/2021
Edizione: 1st ed. 2021


This volume addresses gaps in the existing literature of global mental health by focusing on the ethical considerations that are implicit in discussions of health policy. In line with trends in clinical education around the world today, this text is explicitly designed to draw out the principles and values by which programs can be designed and policy decisions enacted. It presents an ethical lens for understanding right and wrong in conditions of scarcity and crisis, and the common controversies that lead to conflict. Additionally, a focus on the mental health response in “post-conflict” settings, provides guidance for real-world matters facing clinicians and humanitarian workers today.

Global Mental Health Ethics fills a crucial gap for students in psychiatry, psychology, addictions, public health, geriatric medicine, social work, nursing, humanitarian response, and other disciplines.



Preface – Mental Health as a Human Right – Sorel


1.         Ethical Concepts and First Principles “Overview – The Lens of Ethics” - Allen

2.         History of Global Mental Health and Ethical Debates (medical anthropology perspectives on World Systems Theory; Singer, economic framing) - Brandon

Diagnosis, Culture, and Identity

3.         Diagnosis, Cultural Imperialism, and Stigma – what are the implications of cross-cultural use of diagnostic labels, local labels, (ethnicity and labels)

4.         Economics and Disability – a critique of the capitalist economic model of health and debates related to how QALYs and DALYs are developed and calculated

5.         Whose treatment gap? – the need to identify and label suffering to justify intervention, action, ‘interference’, gap by what standards,

6.         Religion, Spirituality, and Healing - Griffith

Global Mental Health Services

7.         Pharmacology, Pharmaceutical Companies – Access to pharmaceutical, under-treatment, over-treatment, etc.

8         Safety of non-specialist care & ‘Free’ Labor:– harm to beneficiaries, harm to providers, the female workforces in global mental health – ethics of uncompensated care

9         Involvement of Service Users and Family Members in the framing, design, delivery, and language of mental health and mental health care

10.   Ethics of traditional healing, religious healing, spiritual approaches – Griff

Pathologizing Adversity: Torture, Trauma, and Social Determinants 

11.      Social Determinants and Suffering – framing social problems and psychiatric problems, e.g., gender-based violence, poverty, etc.

12.      Humanitarian Settings and Crises – the ethics of mental health in emergency settings (Morse and al Uzri)

13.      Ethical issues of mental health and terrorism/radicalization

Mental Health and the Law

14.      Legal/Ethical Issues – interface of mental health, ethics, and the law – unifying theories professionalism and human rights – Candilis 

15.      Human Rights and Mental Health Care – Issues raised by Cratsley regarding the ethical assumptions, individualism, autonomy, etc.

16.      Psychiatric illness as proxy for human rights violations on individual and population levels - e.g., Physicians for Human Rights work with psychiatric diagnoses, asylum system and psychiatric diagnoses; using pain and psychiatric illness as proxy for human rights violations – Polatin and Zemenides

Research and Rights

17.      Research tools cross-cultural applications and challenges

18.      Clinical Trials and ethical issues/DSMBs, etc.

19.      Ethics in humanitarian crisis research & ethics with vulnerable populations – children, minority groups, displaced groups, non-citizens, etc.

20.      Data ownership, technological and biological data collection – access, observation, and autonomy

Training, Capacity Building and Ethics

21.      Power differentials in agendas and expectations for LMIC capacity building – Crick Lund

22.      Addressing power and ethics for trainees from HIC institutions

Epilogue: Global Health and the Health of the Planet


Allen R. Dyer, MD, PhD
Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Vice-chair for Education
The George Washington University
2120 L Street NW, Suite 600
Washington, DC 20037 USA

Brandon Kohrt, MD, PhD
Charles and Sonia Akman Professor of Global Psychiatry
Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Global Health
Director, Division of Global Mental Health
The George Washington University
2120 L St NW, Suite 600
Washington DC 20037

Philip J. Candilis, MD, DFAPA
Professor of Psychiatry, George Washington University School of Medicine
Director of Medical Affairs
Co-Director, Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship
Saint Elizabeths Hospital
DC Department of Behavioral Health
1100 Alabama Avenue SE
Washington DC 20032

Dr. Dyer received MD and PhD degrees from Duke University, the PhD in ethics.  He has served in a number of academic and administrative positions and in 2009 he moved to Washington, DC, to serve as Senior Health Advisor to the International Medical Corps, before joining the Global Mental Health program at the department of psychiatry at the George 500Washington University.  He is the author of several books on professional ethics including Ethics and Psychiatry:  Toward Professional Definition and (co-author with Laura Roberts) of A Concise Guide to Ethics in Mental Health Care as well as a cancer memoir, One More Mountain to Climb:  What my Illness Taught me about Health.  He has worked in disaster affected communities in China after the Great Sichuan Earthquake, Haiti, Japan after its Triple Disaster and particularly in Iraq to improve health infrastructure. 

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Condizione: Nuovo
Dimensioni: 235 x 155 mm Ø 869 gr
Formato: Copertina rigida
Illustration Notes:XV, 402 p. 22 illus., 20 illus. in color.
Pagine Arabe: 402
Pagine Romane: xv

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