Hidden Lives in Hidden Patients: an Analysis of Custody Hospitals in Brazil
Keywords:Custodial Psychiatric Hospitals, Judicial Psychiatric Hospitals, Brazilian Psychiatric Reform
There are important limitations regarding the Brazilian Custodial PsychiatricÂ Hospitals or Judicial Psychiatric Hospitals situation. They wayÂ how they are administrated, as prisons and non as hospitals, couldÂ make the health of their patients worst than when they were admitted.Â These limitations are not just in the hospitals, but on currentÂ Laws of the Brazilian Unified Health System. In addition, patients withÂ mental disorders suffer a complex process of stigmatization, prejudice
and social reclusion. Despite the existing Laws to the adequateÂ caring and treatment of mentally ill patients and the advances in theÂ psychiatric and mental health field, radical changes should be madeÂ on the Judicial Psychiatric Hospitals and on the Judicial and HealthÂ Systems in Brazil in order to achieve better results in the life qualityÂ of people with mental disorders.
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