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Improving Access to Mental Health Care in an Orthodox Jewish Community: A Critical Reflection Upon the Accommodation of Otherness

McEvoy, P., Williamson, Tracey, Kada, R., Frazer, D., Dhliwayo, C. and Gask, L. (2017) Improving Access to Mental Health Care in an Orthodox Jewish Community: A Critical Reflection Upon the Accommodation of Otherness. BMC Health Services Research, 17 (1). pp. 1-15. ISSN 1472-6963

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The English National Health Service (NHS) has significantly extended the supply of evidence based psychological interventions in primary care for people experiencing common mental health problems. Yet despite the extra resources, the accessibility of services for ‘under-served’ ethnic and religious minority groups, is considerably short of the levels of access that may be necessary to offset the health inequalities created by their different exposure to services, resulting in negative health outcomes. This paper offers a critical reflection upon an initiative that sought to improve access to an NHS funded primary care mental health service to one ‘under-served’ population, an Orthodox Jewish community in the North West of England.

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Uncontrolled Discrete Keywords: underserved populations, religious minorities, Orthodox Jewish community, access, mental health services, otherness, dialogic engagement
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BM Judaism
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: College of Health, Life and Environmental Sciences > School of Allied Health and Community
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Depositing User: Tanya Buchanan
Date Deposited: 20 Aug 2019 19:24
Last Modified: 17 Jun 2020 17:31

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