Tackling the elephant in the room: integration of mental health into quotidian routine practices of primary health care services

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  • Project Lead(s): Jaime Miranda, Francisco Diez-Canseco

    In Peru, neuropsychiatric disorders are a leading cause of disease burden but, as in most low- and middle-income countries, such problems are largely unrecognized and untreated. Supported by the use of a mobile app for screening depression, project researchers will train primary healthcare providers in Lima to integrate mental health into routine practices to improve early identification and referral to depression treatment of socially-disadvantaged people.  A particular focus: low- and middle-income pregnant women and patients with physical diseases (i.e., tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS, diabetes, and hypertension) that increase their risk of depression.