In order to evaluate a public health center based educational approach for families of the mentally disabled, questionnaires were sent to all public health centers in Japan. Out of 852 public health centers, 742 responded satisfactorily. At 68.6% of the 742 public health centers, some form of educational programs for families of the mentally disabled have been conducted. In a structured educational program, public health nurses and mental health counselors participated as the main staff. Training seminars for the staff were conducted by prefectural mental health centers or Zenkaren, The National Federation of Families with the Mentally Ill. In order to develop an educational program at the public health centers, the following three elements are required: 1) information transmitted through training seminars and publications, 2) trained staff members including mental health welfare counselors and public health nurses specialized in mental health, and 3) a sufficient budget. Further development of the program is considered crucial for a functional improvement of the public health centers.
|Number of pages||8|
|Journal||[Nippon kōshū eisei zasshi] Japanese journal of public health|
|Publication status||Published - May 1997|
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