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Cultural response to mental illness in Senegal: Reflections through patient companions--Part I. Methods and descriptive data.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  8658228     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Patient records from the Thiaroye mental hospital in Senegal were analyzed to see if the patterns of persons accompanying patients to the hospital could help portray the community's response to mental illness. A systematic sample of 935 records of initial our-patient visits were examined. Patterns of patient companionship were found to strongly correlate with specific patient sociodemographic and clinical characteristics. Interpretation of these findings helped to clarify both prevailing attitudes toward the mentally ill and the social response and management of mental illness. This article presents the study setting, methods, patient sociodemographic and clinical characteristics, and characteristics of patient companions. The second article in this series examines the statistical associations of companion number, gender and kinship relationship with patient sociodemographic and clinical characteristics.
R R Franklin; D Sarr; M Gueye; O Sylla; R Collignon
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Social science & medicine (1982)     Volume:  42     ISSN:  0277-9536     ISO Abbreviation:  Soc Sci Med     Publication Date:  1996 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1996-07-26     Completed Date:  1996-07-26     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8303205     Medline TA:  Soc Sci Med     Country:  ENGLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  325-38     Citation Subset:  IM    
Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, New Orleans, LA 70112, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Aged, 80 and over
Attitude / ethnology*
Child, Preschool
Interpersonal Relations
Mental Disorders / ethnology*,  psychology
Middle Aged
Senegal / epidemiology

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