2000 issue 3


Volume 9, issue 3


Community psychiatry: idea, system, method and background

Jacek Wciórka1
1. I Klinika Psychiatryczna Instytutu Psychiatrii i Neurologii w Warszawie
Postępy Psychiatrii i Neurologii, 2000, 9, 319-337
Keywords: community psychiatry, Poland


The author draws attention to andcharacterized the multiple meanings of the term"community psychiatry" which has been understoodas a certain moral message (the friendly communityidea), an organizational system (the communitymodel of psychiatric health care), a method of treatment and rehabilitation (community treatment) orhas situated psychiatric issues in the context oragainst the backdrop of other social problems (socialecology). He also reviews the present situation andthe positive and negative contingencies affecting the feasibility of implementation of the goals of communitypsychiatry in Poland. He emphasizes the importanceof today's solutions for the future.

Address for correspondence:
J. Wciórka, I Klinika Psychiatryczna IPiN, Al. Sobieskiego 1/9, 02-957 Warszawa
E-mail: wciorka@ipin.edu.pl