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Interventions to increase use of services; Mental Health Awareness in Nigeria

Overview of attention for article published in International Journal of Mental Health Systems, October 2017
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Title
Interventions to increase use of services; Mental Health Awareness in Nigeria
Published in
International Journal of Mental Health Systems, October 2017
DOI 10.1186/s13033-017-0173-z
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Authors

Julian Eaton, Emeka Nwefoh, Godwin Okafor, Ugochukwu Onyeonoro, Kenneth Nwaubani, Claire Henderson

Abstract

Mental health services in Nigeria consist mainly of large government psychiatric hospitals and there are very few mental health professionals to serve the large population of the country. However, more recently, community mental health services, which have been shown to improve access to care and clinical outcomes are beginning to develop in some locations. Despite efforts to promote more accessible services, low levels of knowledge about effective treatment of mental disorders means that even where these services are available, a very small proportion of people utilise these services. Therefore interventions to increase service use are an essential component of health system. This intervention was designed to increase use of a mental health services through the work of community-based Village Health Workers. Fifteen Village Health Workers in each Local Government Area (district) were selected and trained to create mental health awareness in communities. Their function also include identification and referral of persons with mental illness to trained mental health nurses in the clinics. Attendance data prior to and after intervention were collected and compared. The incident rate for initial period of intervention is five times higher than the baseline rate (95% CI; 3.42-7.56; p < 0.001) though this diminished in the long term, levelling off above initial baseline. This study demonstrated that addition of awareness raising using volunteers in communities as part of health programme implementation can increase services use by a population. Mechanisms such as informing populations of the existence of a service which they were previously lacking; explanation of causation of mental illness and achieving community leaders' support for a new service can make investment in services more efficient by increasing attendance.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Unknown 109 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Master 24 22%
Unspecified 12 11%
Student > Bachelor 11 10%
Researcher 8 7%
Lecturer 7 6%
Other 24 22%
Unknown 23 21%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Nursing and Health Professions 15 14%
Medicine and Dentistry 15 14%
Unspecified 12 11%
Psychology 10 9%
Social Sciences 7 6%
Other 21 19%
Unknown 29 27%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 3. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 01 November 2017.
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#12,523,792
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#434
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#160,373
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Outputs of similar age from International Journal of Mental Health Systems
#28
of 51 outputs
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