19
Jul
14

mental health research in Puebla, MEX

In my third summer of work with the Minority Mental Health Research & Training program (http://dornsife.usc.edu/latino-mental-health), I am helping mentor students conducting research related to prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of major mental illness. My days are spent at the BUAP (Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla)’s department of psychiatry, and at the psychiatric hospital where we are conducting research. The research project I’m supervising aims to assess the applicability, acceptability, and utility of the Cultural Formulation Interview, a tool that is part of the new DSM-V and is intended to evaluate the relation of culture to patients’ experiences of mental distress. So far, the major obstacle to our research is the reluctance of clinicians (psychiatrists and residents) to participate in the study. I think they believe we are evaluating them, rather than the instrument itself; also a barrier is their lack of time with back-to-back patient appointments, doing our 45 minute interview is a burden that our offer of a 200 peso gift card just can’t compensate for! More posts soon, from Puebla…

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