Pathways to care for psychosis in Malawi

Demoubly Kokota, Robert C Stewart, Chiwoza Bandawe, Genesis Chorwe-Sungani, Olive Liwimbi, Charles Masulani Mwale, Kazione Kulisewa, Michael Udedi, Saulos Gondwe, Anthony Sefasi, Richard Banda, Thandiwe Mkandawire, Stephen M Lawrie

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Abstract / Description of output

People with psychosis in Malawi have very limited access to timely assessment and evidence-based care, leading to a long duration of untreated psychosis and persistent disability. Most people with psychosis in the country consult traditional or religious healers. Stigmatising attitudes are common and services have limited capacity, particularly in rural areas. This paper, focusing on pathways to care for psychosis in Malawi, is based on the Wellcome Trust Psychosis Flagship Report on the Landscape of Mental Health Services for Psychosis in Malawi. Its purpose is to inform Psychosis Recovery Orientation in Malawi by Improving Services and Engagement (PROMISE), a longitudinal study that aims to build on existing services to develop sustainable psychosis detection systems and management pathways to promote recovery.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)84-89
Number of pages6
JournalBJPsych International
Issue number4
Early online date31 Jul 2023
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 31 Jul 2023


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