The magnitude of and health system responses to the mental health treatment gap in adults in India and China

by Vikram Patel, Shuiyuan Xiao, Hanhui Chen et al.
The Lancet Vol. 388, No. 10063, pp. 3074–3084, 17 December 2016

11 pp. 214 kB

This Series paper describes the first systematic effort to review the unmet mental health needs of adults in China and India. The evidence shows that contact coverage for the most common mental and substance use disorders is very low. Effective coverage is even lower, even for severe disorders such as psychotic disorders and epilepsy. There are vast variations across the regions of both countries, with the highest treatment gaps in rural regions because of inequities in the distribution of mental health resources, and variable implementation of mental health policies across states and provinces.

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