A proposal by the Peruvian College of Physicians for Reforming Mental Health Care in Peru

  • Enrique Bojórquez Giraldo Colegio Médico del Perú
  • Óscar Chacón Antezana Colegio Médico del Perú
  • Giovany Rivera Ramírez Colegio Médico del Perú
  • Guery Donadío Colegio Médico del Perú
  • Santiago Stucchi Portocarrero Colegio Médico del Perú
  • Ciro Sihuas Meza Colegio Médico del Perú
  • Marcelina Rosas Colegio Médico del Perú
  • Ana María Llanos Colegio Médico del Perú
Keywords: Mental health, health care reform


Since neuropsychiatric disorders are now the first component of disease burden in Peru, translating this into high prevalence rates for these conditions; and considering that - paradoxically - the Government has not assumed its responsibility, there is a need for proposing a reform of mental health management considering these fundamental aspects: 1) The Ministry of Health must assume its responsibility prioritizing mental health as a public health policy, creating a General Direction for Mental Health; 2) Psychiatric care must be restructured, joining forces with primary health care within the local health systems so that alternative community-centered models may be promoted within their social scope; 3) Personal dignity and human rights of every subject must be preserved; 4) Modernization of the current psychiatric institutions, changing their current hegemonic role to a superspecialization role, including advisory, teaching, and research. All of these aspects must be carried out within a, equity, universality, solidarity, accessibility, participation, quality, and efficiency framework .


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Bojórquez Giraldo E, Chacón Antezana Óscar, Rivera Ramírez G, Donadío G, Stucchi Portocarrero S, Sihuas Meza C, Rosas M, Llanos AM. A proposal by the Peruvian College of Physicians for Reforming Mental Health Care in Peru. Acta Med Peru [Internet]. 2012Mar.28 [cited 2024May24];29(1):43-5. Available from: https://amp.cmp.org.pe/index.php/AMP/article/view/1158