Client Empowerment in Psychiatry and the Professional Abuse of Clients: Where Do We Stand?

  title={Client Empowerment in Psychiatry and the Professional Abuse of Clients: Where Do We Stand?},
  author={Shailesh Kumar},
  journal={The International Journal of Psychiatry in Medicine},
  pages={61 - 70}
  • Shailesh Kumar
  • Published 1 March 2000
  • Psychology, Medicine, Political Science
  • The International Journal of Psychiatry in Medicine
Objective: There is a considerable imbalance of power in psychiatry that sits in favor of professionals. The abuse and discrimination of the mentally ill are not just restricted to the mental health system but may also exist in the primary care sector. This article aims to evaluate the effects of power imbalance on discrimination and abuse of people with mental illness by professionals. Methods: A literature search was carried out on MEDLINE using the key words consumerism, client empowerment… 

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