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Problems of child psychiatry: systemic coordination and interdepartmental cooperation are needed

MedExpress Team

Piotr Wójcik

Published May 24, 2023 21:29

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- We talk about reform, but we are actually setting up the system in terms of psychiatric care, mainly in the community, practically from scratch. By 2020, community care was practically not functioning," said Dr. Aleksandra Lewandowska, national consultant in child and adolescent psychiatry, during a meeting of the Parliamentary Group on Pediatrics. As the national consultant pointed out, good psychiatric care for children and adolescents will not be provided if there is no cooperation between the ministries of health, education and science, and family and social policy.

Data from the National Health Fund show that the number of pediatric patients in psychiatric offices has been growing exponentially in recent years. The coronavirus pandemic has had a not insignificant impact on this. Between 2019 and 2020, there was an 87% increase in the number of people under the age of 13 requiring psychiatric care. In the group of 13- to 18-year-olds, it was even worse: the number of patients increased by 168 percent.

INPATIENT WARDS STILL OVERCROWDED

Meanwhile, the primary concern of the care system has been an inadequate supply of facilities capable of providing care for these people. The answer to this is the ongoing reform of psychiatry....

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