Overall, about 69 percent of those people were not receiving treatment, but the gap was greater in lower-income countries (89 percent) and lower-middle-income countries (69 percent) than in upper-middle-income countries (63 percent). Most psychosis treatment takes place in outpatient settings, and the main factor limiting care appears to be the number of psychiatrists and nurses working in specialized mental health facilities.
But the gap may be even greater than these data suggest, the authors noted. “We did not assess treatment adequacy,” they said. “Hence, our data could be greatly overestimating the number of people who received appropriate treatment.”
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