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Source OECD iLibrary
Content type Text
Publisher OECD Publishing
Language English
Subject Domain (in DDC) Social sciences ♦ Social problems & services; associations ♦ Social problems & social welfare in general
Subject Keyword Social Issues/Migration/Health
Abstract Mental health care in Japan faces a number of challenges which require urgent action. The high suicide rate, high numbers of psychiatric beds, and long average length of stay have drawn attention to Japan’s mental health system for all the wrong reasons. This picture is slowly changing. Commitment and effort over the past decade is generating positive change in the system: inpatient psychiatric beds are falling along with average length of stay in psychiatric facilities, and community care provision is increasing. These positive steps must be recognised and commended, but more remains to be done. Japan should continue to develop high quality care in the community for severe mental illness, while also turning attention to improving care available for mild-to-moderate mental illness. Despite a small number of innovative and impressive initiatives around measuring and promoting quality of care for mental health, extremely limited information availability means that a real picture of care quality is obscured. Efforts should be made to improve quality measures for all mental health care, and patient safety and care quality assurance should be priorities in inpatient care.
Learning Resource Type Chapter
Publisher Date 2015-08-21
Organization OECD
Page Count 42
Starting Page 163
Ending Page 204


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