Perspectives of patients and caregivers on the logistical barriers to providing mental health services in Uganda
CITATION: Twesigye, J. & Kagee, A. 2016. Perspectives of patients and caregivers on the logistical barriers to providing mental health services in Uganda. Social Work/Maatskaplike Werk, 52(1): 19-34, doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.15270/52-1-477.
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ENGLISH ABSTRACT: Mental disorders contribute substantially to the global burden of disease. Although mental disorders can be treated effectively, logistical barriers constrain the provision of evidence-based treatment in low- and middle-income countries. However, little is known about these barriers to treatment of patients in Uganda. We interviewed patients and care providers about their views on logistical barriers to the provision of mental health services. Results indicate that inadequate staffing, irregular medical supplies and the use of inferior medication constrained the delivery and utilisation of mental health services. Implications of these barriers include burnout among care providers and non-adherence to medical treatment among patients.