WHO publishes first-ever guidelines on patient mental illness

The World Health Organization on Nov. 8 released first-of-their-kind guidelines on meeting the health needs of patients living with mental illness.

The 94-page guide outlines how health providers can meet the physical needs of patients living with serious mental illnesses. WHO considers severe mental illnesses to include moderate to severe depression, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. The guidelines also acknowledge that many patients lack access to quality care and screenings, making reducing care disparities all the more important.

These new guidelines attempt to close the gaps in care for patients with mental illness by laying out the proper approach and steps physicians should take.

To read the WHO's guidelines, click here.

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