2000 issue 3


Volume 9, issue 3


Community psychiatry in Białystok– from theory to practice

Sławomir Rogowski1
1. Stowarzyszenia na Rzecz Rehabilitacji Psychiatrycznej w Białymstokui Niepublicznego Psychiatrycznego Zakładu Opieki Zdrowotnej
Postępy Psychiatrii i Neurologii, 2000, 9, 389-401
Keywords: community psychiatry / health care system integration / community treatment team / patient club


For several epidemiological reasonsthe number of chronic mental patients in our communitiesis increasing. Major responsibility for thesepatients is now being shifted to out-patient forms ofcare and the significance ofrehabilitation is increasing.It is generally accepted that this form of interventionmust be both comprehensive and individuallytailored to the patient and his/her community. Thismeans that we need to develop structures capable ofintegrating these two aspects ofrecovery. We knowmuch more than we used to about the needs andexpectations ofpatients and their families: communityteams, patient clubs, crisis intervention centers,various employment outlets. More and more frequentlythe urgent question is not: what has to bedone? but: how to do it? Many new options havedeveloped in recent years. In particular, non-governmentorganizations have become increasingly moreactive. One example of this activity is "Back to theCommunity", a project which the Association forPsychiatric Rehabilitation in Białystokcarriedout in co-operation with Stichting StedenkontaktEindhoven-Białystok, a Dutch organization.

Address for correspondence:
dr Sławomir Rogowski, SNPZOZ, ul. Boruty 19,15-157 Białystok,
e-mail: rehab@zn.pl.