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August 7, 2013

Management of Acute Stress, PTSD, and Bereavement: WHO Recommendations

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Mental Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, Maryland
  • 2Section of Psychiatry, Department of Public Health and Community Medicine, World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Research and Training in Mental Health and Service Evaluation, University of Verona, Verona, Italy
  • 3Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse, World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland
JAMA. 2013;310(5):477-478. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.166723

In 2010, the World Health Organization (WHO) launched the Mental Health Gap Action Program (mhGAP) Intervention Guide for nonspecialized health settings (ie, for general health staff in first- and second-level health facilities, including primary care and district hospital settings) to address the wide treatment gap for mental disorders in low- and middle-income countries.1-3 Several priority mental disorders, including depression and substance use, have been addressed in previous mhGAP modules and related guidelines.1,3

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