Abel, Wendel D.; Halliday, S.; McCallum, M.; Gibson, R.C.; Hickling, Frederick W.
Author Affiliation, Ana.
Department of Communtiy Health and Psychiatry
Knowledge and Attitude of Health Workers Towards Mental Health [Abstract]
West Indian Medical Journal
Date of Publication
Objective: This study seeks to determine the knowledge and attitude of health workers towards mental health. Method: Participants were recruited from a series of training workshops on the identification and management of mental illness. They represented a wide range of professional groups and, prior to the workshops, completed a self administered questionnaire on their attitude and knowledge of mental health issues. Responses were examined for general patterns and the questionnaire sub-scores were compared among different categories of participants. Conclusion: Knowledge and attitude scores showed significant variation among different professional groups. While differences in knowledge may be unavoidable, there is much scope for improving attitudes, especially among professional groups having greatest contact with the community.....