administrative systems also meant that very little was known about
the occurrence of all forms of ‘mental handicap or behaviour
disorders generally’. Furthermore, limited resources meant
that priority was often given to what were ‘quantitatively
more pressing developmental problems such as malnutrition,
infectious diseases, blindness and deafness’. 15 These were
strong findings of health
Lesbian citizenship and filmmaking in Sweden in the 1970s
a company called Tjejfilm [‘Chick Film’] in Gothenburg.
Both were funded by the state agency Socialstyrelsen [The National Board
of Health and Welfare] and are the first cases of publicly funded films
made by, with and about open lesbians in Sweden. Paradoxically, the same
state agency was at this time also in charge of the official classification of
homosexuality as a mental disorder (Socialstyrelsen, 1968). However, just
a few years later the classification would be dropped and an official government report, ‘Utredningen om homosexuellas situation i samhället
This book was developed during a five-year
research programme funded by the UK’s
National Institute for Health Research (NIHR).
This study aimed to improve service user
and carer involvement in care planning in
mentalhealth services. The study was called
Enhancing the Quality of User Involved Care
Planning in MentalHealth Services (EQUIP).
Its aim is to help other public and patient
representatives increase their understanding
and skills in research methods.
The EQUIP programme used a range of
different research methods to achieve its
goals, and you will read
The book explores the relationship between violence against women on one hand,
and the rights to health and reproductive health on the other. It argues that
violation of the right to health is a consequence of violence, and that (state)
health policies might be a cause of – or create the conditions for – violence
against women. It significantly contributes to feminist and international human
rights legal scholarship by conceptualising a new ground-breaking idea, violence
against women’s health (VAWH), using the Hippocratic paradigm as the backbone of
the analysis. The two dimensions of violence at the core of the book – the
horizontal, ‘interpersonal’ dimension and the vertical ‘state policies’
dimension – are investigated through around 70 decisions of domestic, regional
and international judicial or quasi-judicial bodies (the anamnesis). The concept
of VAWH, drawn from the anamnesis, enriches the traditional concept of violence
against women with a human rights-based approach to autonomy and a reflection on
the pervasiveness of patterns of discrimination (diagnosis). VAWH as theorised
in the book allows the reconceptualisation of states’ obligations in an
innovative way, by identifying for both dimensions obligations of result, due
diligence obligations, and obligations to progressively take steps (treatment).
The book eventually asks whether it is not international law itself that is the
ultimate cause of VAWH (prognosis).
An overview of the EQUIP study
The EQUIP study aimed to improve service
user and carer involvement in care planning
in mentalhealth services. We co-developed
with service users and carers a training
package for mentalhealth professionals
so that they would be better equipped
to involve users and carers in their care.
Service users and carers helped to design,
shape and conduct the EQUIP study and you
can learn more about their experiences in
During the EQUIP programme, we worked
with service users and carers to develop
a new instrument, a patient
In May 1958, and four years into the Algerian War of Independence, a revolt again appropriated the revolutionary and republican symbolism of the French Revolution by seizing power through a Committee of Public Safety. This book explores why a repressive colonial system that had for over a century maintained the material and intellectual backwardness of Algerian women now turned to an extensive programme of 'emancipation'. After a brief background sketch of the situation of Algerian women during the post-war decade, it discusses the various factors contributed to the emergence of the first significant women's organisations in the main urban centres. It was only after the outbreak of the rebellion in 1954 and the arrival of many hundreds of wives of army officers that the model of female interventionism became dramatically activated. The French military intervention in Algeria during 1954-1962 derived its force from the Orientalist current in European colonialism and also seemed to foreshadow the revival of global Islamophobia after 1979 and the eventual moves to 'liberate' Muslim societies by US-led neo-imperialism in Afghanistan and Iraq. For the women of Bordj Okhriss, as throughout Algeria, the French army represented a dangerous and powerful force associated with mass destruction, brutality and rape. The central contradiction facing the mobile socio-medical teams teams was how to gain the trust of Algerian women and to bring them social progress and emancipation when they themselves were part of an army that had destroyed their villages and driven them into refugee camps.
their products treat and blurring the line between patient and market. 7 However, the
pharmaceutical industry’s motivation for inserting itself into
debates about mentalhealth and illness is in many ways much more direct
and its impact much more obvious than that of Elder Dempster. This
chapter thus seeks to look ‘beyond the state’ by expanding
upon the understanding of the indirect role that capitalist enterprises
involvement be instilled
in the care planning process?
is the role and influence of individuals, teams and organisational
factors in achieving high quality user-involved care planning?
are carers’ experiences of the care planning process for people
with severe mental illness?
are professionals’ perceptions and experiences of delivering
mentalhealth care planning and involving service users and carers
A Research Handbook for Patient and Public Involvement Researchers
In relation to EQUIP, qualitative research methods were used to explore
being placed on
local authority finances. This meant that community health services had to
The most notorious example was the so-called care in the community
scheme. This policy closed down many of the mental hospitals which were
dealing with patients who had long-term, low-level mentalhealth problems.
They were transferred into community hostels or even into private accommodation. This much cheaper solution saved money and, it was claimed,
provided better conditions for the mentally ill. However, many mentalhealth
interest groups did not agree and many
In order to effect a major
shift in the meaning of autism, there also had to be a major shift
in the organisation of social life. Such a transformation began in
1959. This was the year in which the MentalHealth Act was passed,
which led to the closure of long-stay institutions for children. It
was the MentalHealth Act 1959 that set the scene for the gradual