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1 The state of psychiatry in the Czech Republic Cyril Höschl and Petr Winkler National Institute of Mental Health Prague Psychiatric Centre & Charles University, 3rd Medical Faculty, Prague

2 The state of psychiatry in the Czech Republic CYRIL HÖSCHL, PETR WINKLER & ONDŘEJ PĚČ 278 The state of psychiatry in the Czech Republic CYRIL HÖSCHL, PETR WINKLER & ONDŘEJ PĚČ 278

3 THE STATE OF PSYCHIATRY IN THE CZECH REPUBLIC B ACKGROUND INFORMATION H ISTORICAL INTRODUCTION L EGAL FRAMEWORK P OLICY – W HAT IS NEEDED NOW ? F INANCES W HAT IS THE T RUE PREVALENCE AND DISEASE BURDEN ? D ISABILITY PENSIONS AND SICK LEAVE S ERVICES S TATE PROVIDED SERVICES Psychiatric hospitals Psychiatric units in general hospitals Outpatient psychiatric care Outpatient care for psychoactive substance users NGO PROVIDED SERVICES, DAY CLINICS, CRISIS INTERVENTION CENTERS A CCESSIBILITY OF SERVICES AND INVOLUNTARY HOSPITALIZATION P ERSONNEL, EDUCATION AND RESEARCH Discussion – what are the Priorities?

4 Background information 14 psychiatrists/ population First contact with GPs (73%), Psychiatrists (7%), and psychologists (7%) Total health expenditures (HE) reached 7,7% of GDP MHC expenditures climbed to 4% HE (0,3% GDP) 91,5% public health expenditure financed from public health insurance. Out-of-pocket health spending rising moderately ; explained rather by lower GDP due to crisis than by investments For psychological & emotional problems

5 Historical introduction Origin: Austro-Hungarian empire Flourished between WW Declined due to ideological constraints of the Soviet Empire ( ) Relatively marginal abuse (in both ways) Relatively high level of clinical psychiatry due to outstanding tradition of universitry education. After 1989 – open society, deinstitutionalization Destigmatization, reintegration, public education, international research cooperation. However, the transformation of HC system is slow.

6 Legal framework Regulation of mental health care delivery is secured via general health care legislation No special MHC law No special MHC budget

7 Policy – what is needed now? Concept of Psychiatric Care (CPS 2000; 2008) observes that psychiatric care in the Czech Republic relies mainly on institutionalized services, while community care has not been sufficiently deployed. Care is fragmented, underfinanced National mental health policy is missing. and quite poorly coordinated As well as plan containing priorities, aims, responsibilities, and financial allotments

8 Finances In 2006 CZK 9.1 billion (average exchange rate in 2006 was 28,3 CZK for €1) was spent on mental health care, which is app. €322mio (10 mio population); corresponds to 4,1% HE (Dlouhý 2010) More than half of that (61,5% labour cost) went to the psychiatric hospitals and psychiatric departments in general hospitals. Approx. one-quarter of all expenditures was spent on prescribed drugs Anxiety, somatoform disorders and eating disorders [F40-F48, F50-F59] accounted for nearly one-quarter of all expenditure The overall bill for brain disorders in the Czech Republic, however, reached 10.2 billion Euro in 2010 (Gustavsson et al. 2011).

9 What is the true prevalence and disease burden? The only study measuring true prevalence of mental illness in the adult population of the Czech Republic was conducted by the Prague Psychiatric Centre (PCP) in cooperation with WHO in Lifetime prevalence of psychiatric disorders reached 27% [30% women, 24% men] (Dzúrová et al. 2000) The most frequent were anxiety and behavioural syndromes associated with physiological disturbances and physical factors [18%], mental and behavioural disorders due to psychoactive substance use [13%], and mood disorders [13%, mainly depression]. 16,7% of respondents reported a single psychiatric disorder, 5,4% a history of 3 or more disorders.

10 What is the true prevalence and disease burden? Nearly 5% of women had a life-time prevalence of suicidal thoughts and 2% attempted suicide, increasing to 12% and 6% respectively for women with some psychiatric diagnosis. Men reported suicidal thoughts less frequently. Completed suicide is in the opposite direction [men: 22,7; women: 4,3 per /year] (Dzúrová et al. 2000)

11 Services № of beds in psychiatric hospitals was reduced significantly after the Velvet revolution, from beds for adults and 901 beds for children and adolescents in 1990 to beds for adults and 485 beds for children and adolescents in 1995.

12 Services Staffing and average length of stay - there is also some improvement. In 1990, HC in all psychiatric hospitals was provided by 370 physicians, in 1995 it was 430, and in 2010, 517 physicians. The average length of stay was 101,3 days, 88,7 days, and 79,9 days respectively.

13 Services In 2010, the overall number of investigation-treatments reached [2.534,5 per inhabitants], 30% increase since the year 2000 Approx. 60% of patients were female. In total, men [51 per inhabitants] and women [26 per ] were treated in units for alcohol and illicit drug users. Alcohol use accounted for the majority of all cases [60%]

14 Services Area of supportType of service№ of organizations LivingSheltered housing13 Supported living9 WorkSheltered workshops17 Transitional employment4 Supported employment6 Day activity centers25 OtherCase management12 Supported education2 Consultancy16 Psychiatric rehabilitation being provided by NGO´s in 2007

15 Services There are only two mobile crisis teams that operate under restricted conditions. One outreach community team began to work in Prague in From 2006, the health care system allowed participation of community psychiatric nurses in provision of care [case management and individual rehabilitation in homes of the patients]. Up to the present time, there are only 3 workplaces for community psychiatric nurses integrated in day clinics.

16 Future perspectives The transformation of MHC from big institutions toward community based services must continue. Preparation of society for an ageing population and associated psychiatric issues (increased prevalence and burden of depression, neurodegenerative diseases including dementias etc.). Adopt a mental health plan on a governmental level Integrate mental health also into governmental R&D strategy training and nurturing of mental health professionals and the provision of better information to attract young people to the field.

17 Future perspectives Harmonization of legislation Harmonization of health and social services Mental health promotion and prevention in the workplaces and schools Investments into the non-governmental sector Social inclusion De-stigmatization Special attention to the most vulnerable (child and adolescent, geriatric) persons Accessibility of services (day clinics, crisis intervention teams, community services, psychotherapists, shelteret conditions, and case management teams). Mental health plan should include:

18 Future perspectives The transformation of MHC from big institutions toward community based services must continue. Preparation of society for an ageing population and associated psychiatric issues (increased prevalence and burden of depression, neurodegenerative diseases including dementias etc.). Adopt a mental health plan on a governmental level Integrate mental health also into governmental R&D strategy Training and nurturing of mental health professionals and the provision of better information to attract young people to the field.

19 The state of psychiatry in the Czech Republic Cyril Höschl and Petr Winkler National Institute of Mental Health Prague Psychiatric Centre & Charles University, 3rd Medical Faculty, Prague Thank you for your attention


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