Foreword to second edition
We are very pleased to support this
second edition of the WHO Guide to Mental and Neurological
Health in Primary Care.
The first edition was a UK adaptation
of the Diagnostic and Management Guidelines for
Mental Disorders in Primary Care: ICD-10 Chapter V.
Published in 2000, it has proved
invaluable as an easily and speedily accessible guide
for primary-care professionals to help in the immediate
care of their patients, as a resource for more detailed
and as a source of practical information and resources
for patients and their families. It is also commonly
found on the desks of staff in specialist teams, although
it was primarily written for the needs of general practice.
The first edition was signposted in the National
Service Framework for Mental Health as a resource
to help primary-care teams in delivering Standard Two
and contributing to Standard Four. It has sold out several
times, going into a number of reprints, and has now
sold over 30 000 copies. In addition it is in the National
Electronic Library for Mental Health and receives
around 200 hits a day. Last year, the Department of
Health commissioned a second edition. Like the first
edition, it has been produced by an extensive process
of review and consensus, involving primary-care professionals,
specialists, academics and user organizations.
The result is an expanded guide which
reflects not only recent developments in the evidence
base and clinical practice, but also includes whole
new sections on the disorders of childhood and adolescence,
personality disorder, self harm, domestic violence and
sexual abuse. The issues of differential diagnosis and/or
comorbidity with mental disorders and a number of common
neurological disorders including stroke are also included
altogether making this a truly comprehensive resource
for generalist staff.
We hope that use of this guide continues
to support good practice, communication and collaboration
among all who have a stake in the provision of good
primary mental and neurological health care.
President, The Royal College of General Practitioners
President, The Royal College of Nursing
Chair, Royal College of Physicians Joint Specialty Committee
President, The Royal College of Psychiatrists
Professor of Primary Care Mental Health, Institute of
Psychiatry and Chairman, Primary Care Board, National
Institute for Mental Health in England