Health Service Utilization for Mental, Behavioural and Emotional Problems among Conflict-Affected Population in Georgia
An International peer reviewed Journal PLOS One has published an article Health Service Utilization for Mental, Behavioral and Emotional Problems among Conflict-Affected Population in Georgia: A Cross-Sectional Study, authored by experts from the Curatio International Foundation, and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and GIP-Tbilisi.
The article presents health care utilization patterns for mental, behavioral and emotional problems among the adult population in Georgia affected by 1990s and 2008 armed conflicts.
The study suggests that there is limited use of formal health services for mental health problems among this population. The factors identified by the study that prevent from use of services are financial access barriers, especially for drugs, self treatment, poor referral pathways between primary and specialized care, lack of perception about mental health problems among the population. The paper discusses possible ways to improve mental health services in Georgia.
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