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Challenges and opportunities in stigma for psychiatrists: An analysis of effective coping mechanisms to reduce stigma associated with mental illnesses

Authors:

M Rajasuriya ,

National Hospital of Sri Lanka, LK
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S M Fernando,

University of Wollongong, NSW, AU
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Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District and Graduate School of Medicine
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U Gunawardhana

LK
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Retired Consultant Psychiatrist
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Abstract

Stigma leads to discrimination of the patient, family, health care providers and services. A workshop-type qualitative analysis was conducted with a panel of 40 psychiatrists to attempt to apply evidence based anti-stigma strategies to five given hypothetical case vignettes. Various combinations of protest, education and challenge strategies were selected as effective by the panel. The analysis also revealed a number of stigmatising beliefs related to psychiatry as a profession and behaviour of patients. Psychiatrists themselves need to change such beliefs as part of reducing stigma related to mental illnesses.


The Sri Lanka Journal of Psychiatry Vol 6(1) : 26-28

How to Cite: Rajasuriya, M., Fernando, S.M. & Gunawardhana, U., (2015). Challenges and opportunities in stigma for psychiatrists: An analysis of effective coping mechanisms to reduce stigma associated with mental illnesses. Sri Lanka Journal of Psychiatry. 6(1), pp.26–28. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/sljpsyc.v6i1.8058
Published on 10 Jun 2015.
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