Psychiatric admission in Ireland
The role of country of origin
in Ethical and legal debates in Irish healthcare
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This chapter examines the role of country of origin in relation to psychiatric admission status in Ireland. Data presented in this chapter demonstrate that schizophrenia is a particular problem in individuals born outside Ireland and living in Dublin’s inner-city, and that this is associated with involuntary admission under the Mental Health Act 2001. The chapter also shows much lower levels of voluntary admissions. The chapter argues that these differences in patterns of help-seeking should be considered in future planning exercises in Ireland’s mental health services. In particular, increased emphasis on the cultural competence of health care-providers would be a good first step in recognising and addressing the differing health needs and practices of individuals from different ethnic groups and cultural backgrounds.

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