Jeremy Turk, Philip Graham and Frank C. Verhulst

in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Fourth edition

Published on behalf of Oxford University Press

Published in print February 2007 | ISBN: 9780199216697
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191754333 | DOI:

Series: International Perspectives in Philosophy & Psychiatry


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Children with mental health problems and their families are served by general health, specialist mental health, education, and social and voluntary services. In this chapter, a description based on UK services is provided, but this will also be of relevance to those working in other countries. The relatively unusual features of the health care system in the UK are the comprehensive nature of the primary care service, with family doctors and health visitors (public health nurses) covering the entire population. It is a service that is free at the point of delivery and is an integration of preventive and curative services. These features are shared by Scandinavian and other Western European countries and there are similarities with other health care systems.

Chapter.  14376 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Psychiatry

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